In May/June we had asked for feedback on challenges faced by the UK healthcare waste sector currently and also within the next 5 years, as well as on research needs. The main results suggest the following:
Key current challenges:
- Effective waste segregation
- Improvement in sustainability and carbon footprinting
- Training and dedicated waste managers
Challenges in the next five years:
- Reducing carbon footprint
- Implementation costs of waste management systems
- Effective waste segregation
Key areas for research:
- Implementing effective segregation approaches
- benchmarking/comparison across the EU and between different types of healthcare providers
- Evaluation of best available technologies
2. Vacancy for Clinical Programme Manager
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) is looking for a highly able and motivated individual with experience of providing front-line clinical care in the NHS to join the clinical programme team at CSH. This is a full-time post, salary £35,000 per year, to start September 2016.
View more details here
3.Call for European energy innovation proposals
KIC InnoEnergy is looking to invest in businesses and help develop innovative products, services, and solutions that have high commercial potential.
Read more here
4. International Managing Director vacancy at HCWH
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is hiring an International Managing Director to help lead HCWH’s global work and build its network around the world. It is searching globally for the best person.
HCWH is looking for a dynamic manager with deep international experience, multiple cultural competencies and a strong organizing background to serve as the International Managing Director. The position requires excellent people and organizational skills. Working with and reporting to the International Director for Program and Strategy, this position will help lead the ongoing international development of HCWH.
Location: Flexible and virtual capable; provided willingness to partially overlap with Pacific Standard Time business hours. Office co-location possible in Boston, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Manila, Reston, or San Francisco.
In a letter to stakeholders, Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan, explained that the original timings of the framework and the subsequent Plan “did not take into account [Britain’s] decision to leave the EU. As a result we will not be publishing the framework this summer or the plan by the end of the year”.
“We want to design an effective approach to driving environmental improvement, tailored to the needs of our country that has a powerful and permanent impact. Development of this will need to be informed by significant engagement with input from all interested parties across many sectors to inform the long term plan.”
6. Food waste recycling action plan for England launched
England’s first action plan designed to increase the quantity and quality of household and commercial food waste collected and recycled has been launched by WRAP.
The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan, developed by an industry steering group – including local authorities, waste treatment operators, private sector waste collectors and industry bodies – aims to increase the amount of food waste collected and recycled by promoting greater collaboration across the food waste recycling supply chain.
Read the plan here