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Jean-Marc Boursier replaces Palmer-Jones as President of FEAD

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has elected SUEZ Group’s Jean-Marc Boursier as its new president, following the stepping-down of David Palmer-Jones, current CEO of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.

FEAD is the European federation representing the private waste and resource management industry, with waste management associations from 18 nations as members.

Boursier joined the SUEZ Group in 1999 as Financial Controller of Sita France, where he advanced through the ranks to reach his current post as Senior Executive Vice-President in 2011, where he is in charge of Recycling and Waste Recovery Activities in Europe.

Commenting on his new role at the European federation, representing the private waste and resource management sector across 18 EU member states, as well as Norway and Serbia, Boursier stated: “I’m convinced that FEAD has a key role to play to make the transition to a circular economy successful. The private waste and resources management companies that FEAD represents are already in this on-going transition. We have to explain that improving resource and energy efficiency will bring both environmental and economic benefits.”

Departing David Palmer-Jones approved of the appointment, saying: "I am sure Jean-Marc’s experience and leadership as SUEZ’s Group Senior Executive Vice-President, in charge of Recycling and Waste Recovery Activities in Europe, and also as chairman of FNADE, the French member association, will be of great value to the FEAD community. In his new position as FEAD president, he will play an important role in driving circularity in Europe’s industries.”

Boursier will take over the presidency at an important juncture for the sector as negotiations between the EU institutions over the Circular Economy Package (CEP) began last month.

FEAD Biennial Conference 2017

The appointment was made on the same day as the FEAD Biennial Conference 2017, also held in Paris, which focused on driving circularity in European industry. The timing for both can be said to have been opportune, given the start of negotiations on the CEP and the expectation that the European Commission will launch a call of interest to set up a Circular Economy platform.

The conference saw representatives from the European Commission join an interactive panel discussion with representatives of the European manufacturing industry and the Lund University in Sweden on how to build in circularity all along the value chain.

To find out more about FEAD, visit the federation’s website.

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