The Prime Minister recently launched the Government’s Green Paper ‘Building Our Industrial Strategy’, which sets out a series of proposals to develop a modern industrial strategy that will “deliver long-term, sustainable success” for the UK’s economy and society.
The Green Paper details the Government’s plans to improve economic growth, boost productivity and increase living standards, in order to make a success of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The proposals contain ten strategic pillars to underpin this new approach, two of which are particularly relevant to the resources and waste management sector:
Casepak welcomes the Government’s commitment to building a resource efficient economy which closes the loop on waste. Some in the sector had feared that leaving the EU may have given ministers more leeway to set lenient recycling targets, leaving resource recovery low on the priority list.
However, it is encouraging to see that the Government recognises the need to reduce raw material demand and waste in the UK’s energy and resource systems, and to promote well-functioning markets for secondary materials, as an important strategy to boost productivity.
It will be essential for the waste management and resources sector to take a central role in articulating and realising this vision. By improving efforts to recover raw materials for domestic secondary commodities markets and by providing non-recyclable waste as a resource for renewable energy generation, we can deliver huge cost savings across the whole supply chain and improve the productivity of UK businesses in a sustainable way.
To read the Green Paper in full please click here. Responses to the consultation should be submitted by 17th April 2017 using the platform on the CitizenSpace website.