FEAD names new president

European association taps former SITA UK executive.

July 10, 2014
RTGE Staff
Legislation & Regulations Personnel
David Palmer Jones

Peter Kurth, president of the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD), has appointed David Palmer Jones as the new president of the association. Kurth will remain with FEAD as one of the association’s two vice presidents.

“We welcome David's experience and leadership to the FEAD community," says Kurth. "In his new role as FEAD president, he will be responsible for implementing the new FEAD Strategy for 2014-2020 and leading FEAD ´s engagement with the European institutions.”

FEAD notes that presently more than 80 percent of the national environmental legislation is shaped by the EU (European Union).

Meanwhile, the importance of FEAD has grown over the last several years as a partner in all waste-related matters. The group noted that they have successfully engaged in the comprehensive revision of the European waste policy and the readjustment of the European funding policy. In the revision of the public procurement legislation, FEAD says it has made sure that the market is kept open for private waste management companies.

"I am honored to have been asked to take this role, and excited about the possibilities that lie in our future," says Palmer-Jones. "The challenge facing Europe’s industries today is how to achieve sustainable growth in a resource-efficient and environmentally sound way. The key to doing this is to make the European economy more 'circular,' so that waste is reduced and what remains is re-used or recycled into new products, or used to generate energy. I am very much looking forward to this challenge."

Palmer-Jones has substantial background in the waste industry. He was appointed CEO of SITA UK in 2008. Prior to re-joining SITA UK in 2006 Palmer-Jones spent 12 works working in Europe for both SITA Sweden and SITA France.