Goodwin chosen by Khan to head LWARB

Goodwin chosen by Khan to head LWARB
Liz Goodwin
Former WRAP CEO Liz Goodwin has been chosen by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to chair the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB).

LWARB has three programmes to bring together London’s waste stakeholders to reduce the capital’s waste, increase reuse and recycling and promote collection and treatment that benefits the environment. These are Resource London, the programme of support for London’s waste authorities; Advance London, which supports small and medium-sized enterprises; and Circular London, which aims to accelerate London’s transition to a more circular economy.

Goodwin has been nominated by the mayor to become the organisation’s new chair, following an open recruitment process to find a candidate to support delivery of Khan’s ambitions to reinvigorate recycling and accelerate London’s transition to a circular economy.

The mayor has established a number of goals including getting the capital on the path to reaching a 65 per cent recycling rate by 2030 (it’s currently reported as 52 per cent); creating jobs in reuse, repair, remanufacturing and materials innovation to support London’s transition to the circular economy; and helping London become a zero-carbon city by 2050.

Khan will also shortly be publishing a London Environment Strategy, which will include ideas for waste and recycling. LWARB, meanwhile, is set to release a route map of its own in the spring, with the aim of establishing a circular economy in London, containing a number of short, medium and long-term actions.

The role of chair will also involve directing LWARB’s plans for green finance and climate change mitigation. Goodwin’s appointment is now subject to approval by the London Assembly.

Extensive knowledge

Goodwin left WRAP at the end of June last year, saying it was ‘the right time to pass to baton to someone else’, and took up a position at the World Resources Institute (WRI) as Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste.

At the WRI, which previously collaborated with Goodwin’s WRAP to create the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, Goodwin helps lead action against food loss and waste at a global level. She will continue in her WRI role when she takes up the one-day a week LWARB chairship.

Commenting on the choice of Goodwin as the new LWARB Chair, Khan said: “Wasting less and recycling more is a crucial part of efforts to make London a cleaner, greener city. Strong, effective leadership and expertise in this area will be a key part of our efforts going forward, so I’m really pleased to nominate Dr Goodwin as the new chair of LWARB.

“Dr Goodwin offers extensive knowledge of the sector and as we prepare to launch our environment strategy, I am confident she will show great leadership of LWARB at this crucial time.”

LWARB Chief Operating Officer Wayne Hubbard added: “I am delighted Dr Goodwin has been nominated to chair LWARB. To have such an experienced industry figure at the helm for what promises to be a challenging but exciting time for London’s development will be hugely positive for the organisation.”

More information about LWARB can be found on the organisation’s website.

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