Peter T Jones was a Director of Biffa Waste Services from 1998 to 2008, latterly with specific responsibilities in external affairs and strategy development. He now operates as a freelance Adviser in matters strategic relating to the waste, carbon and materials efficiency Agenda. He is a member of the Chartered Institutes of Marketing, Transport, and Wastes Management, and operates in roles demanding specific skills in the development and management of change processes in sectors undergoing substantial upheaval due to competitive, regulatory, or other pressures. He qualified as an Industrial Economist and in July 2007 received an Honorary Degree from the University of Southampton as a Doctor of the University for work associated with Environmental technologies.
Peter retired as Chair of the DEFRA/DTI Resource Efficiency KTN in Summer 2009 but continued as a Board member of KTN until March 2016. In 2003 he became a member of the DEFRA New Technologies Demonstrator Programme, their Data Advisory Panel, and the Sustainable Consumption and Production Taskforce (for which he Chaired a subcommittee looking at the issues around distributed energy systems in the UK which reported in 2008). He has given evidence to a range of Parliamentary Select Committees over the years on waste, sustainability, resource efficiency. Links to the KTN have been extended via his appointment as a Director on the Innovation Advisory Board to the Natural Environment Research Council in 2014.
He has been Chair of a specialist group looking at a Zero Waste economy for Advantage West Midlands (which has resulted in the development of a software tool to support Planning Applications for low carbon waste facilities co-located with large fossil energy using sites utilizing Advanced technologies) until the demise of the RDAs in 2009. That work also involved initiating the first Gas to grid wogroup under the auspices of the RDA. As a member of the Zero Waste Scotland Think-tank and, until 2014, the Mayor of London’s Special Advisor on the London Waste Advisory Board where he played a role in the emergent debate on the circular economy. Additionally, he is a strategic advisor for a variety of UK Blue Chips examining the issues around Distributed Energy and the impact of low carbon policies. He was Chairman of Waste2Tricity until December 2015 and is an advisor to Recycling Technologies Ltd- 2 companies engaged in the pyrolysis to plasma range of gasification.
He served on the waste and Resources Advisory Panel of Climate Change Capital –one of the largest Venture Capital funds in the Sector with over £1 billion of funding and has assisted other VCs with specific waste related investments. He continues as Board Member of Carbon Connect, a respected all party discussion group which is a non-lobby inquiry group assisting Parliamentarians in understanding structural shifts in resource management. Recent submissions to the Environmental Audit Committee relate to the feasibility of transferring costs of household waste management onto internalised supply chain costs in lieu of fiscal support strategies by Government.