Lords to question experts on the commercial potential of waste

26 November 2013

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will next Tuesday, 26 November, hear from two senior academics on how the UK can transform waste into commercially viable products.

It will also question the head of science and technology at TMO Renewables, a company which exploits the potential of organic waste to produce marketable products such as ethanol, polymers and bioplastics. 

The committee is exploring the potential to create a multi-million pound economy from waste, using by-products from agriculture, industry and households.


Tuesday 26 November, 10.40am, Committee Room 4

  • Mr Ian Tebble, Head of Science and Technology at TMO Renewables;
  • Professor James Clark, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York; and
  • Professor Nilay Shah, Professor of Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London.

Likely questions

  • Which technologies are the most promising for turning waste into valuable products?
  • What are the economics of using waste rather than buying in raw materials?
  • Which products are currently on the market and which will reach the market in the near future?
  • What can be done to speed up the conveyer belt to commercialisation?
  • How do Government policies influence the market for these products?

Further information

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