8th September 1999




Environment Minister Michael Meacher MP has praised efforts in Lincolnshire to cut down on waste and urged UK business to be more environmentally responsible.


Speaking at the Environmental Technology Forum at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside on Tuesday (7th September), he congratulated the university and the Lincolnshire TEC on the success of THE Lincolnshire Waste Minimisation 2000 project.


In a speech to almost 300 delegates the Minister also said that while he prefers the carrot, he is prepared to use the legislative stick to make businesses take environmental issues seriously.


The forum was been hailed as a great success, with the presence of Mr Meacher acting as an incentive to well over 250 delegates to attend from businesses all over the UK.


The event combined presentations from key policy makers and experts in the UK and Europe with practical workshops and an exhibition of the latest innovations in environmental products and services.


Among the key speakers and guests at the event were:


     Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP, Minister of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions

     Carla de Vries-Hess, principal administrator in the Environment Department of the European Commission

     Godfrey Bevan, Director of Energy Technologies in the Department of Trade and Industry

     Mark Shardlow (chair), environment correspondent for BBC East Midlands

Workshops throughout the day focused on waste minimisation, emissions trading, sustainable management systems, contaminated land remediation, recycling and composting and the use of waste as a secondary raw material.


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)