Ben joined the Environment Agency from an environmental consultancy, firstly working in permitting before moving to a compliance role in which he was responsible for inspecting and auditing industrial plants including power stations and waste incinerators. He then moved to the Environment Agency’s Environment & Business Department where he worked on a number of national regulatory projects before taking over as Senior Advisor for Energy from Waste five years ago. Ben was also the UK’s lead representative in the Technical Working Group for the Waste Incineration BREF review in Seville.
Paul James, BSc MSc
Director - Independent Advisor & Consultant
Energy & Resources Ltd; event chair
Originally trained as a Chemist and in Chemical Engineering, Paul has spent over 30 years working internationally in the Energy and Environment fields for both the Public and Private Sector. His experience covers a wide range of themes including industrial emissions and industrial impact reduction, renewable energy technologies, projects & policy development and delivery, and he has specific expertise in waste-to-energy and biomass energy projects. As the author of the first EU “Best Available Techniques” Reference (BREF) document on thermal waste treatments (2006) he is well known internationally for his expertise in this area. Over the last 15 years he has worked on numerous projects for the development and implementation of waste and energy infrastructure, as an adviser to national and international governments & agencies, and developed leading international consulting businesses in these areas. He is the Chairman of the UK Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Special Interest Group on Thermal Waste Treatment and the author / co-author of papers on issues including low carbon energy and resources/waste management, a supervisor of university projects, and author of technical policy documents regarding national and international emission regulation.