Why does biodiversity matter to the waste sector?
We already know our planet is facing the sixth Mass Extinction and the 2019 UK State of Nature Report outlines the serious decline in UK wildlife since the 1970’s due to human activity. Not taking action is not an option as the foundation of life, our water, air and food depend upon biodiversity.
The UK Government signed up to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2015, and SDG15 in particular aims to halt biodiversity loss whilst promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. The 25-year Environment Plan sets out the government’s strategy to improve the environment with the upcoming Environment Bill driving forward these improvements, as will the Government ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, including the introduction of the England Trees Action Plan 2021 to 2024. Looking forward, the UK Government has agreed with the conclusion of the Dasgupta Review that nature and the biodiversity that underpins it, ultimately sustains economies, livelihoods and wellbeing and has therefore committed to delivering a nature positive future, leaving the environment in a better state than we found it.
SUEZ operates over 250 facilities across the UK, our landfills alone cover over 2,300 hectares – we have a huge opportunity to do more to improve biodiversity and protect and enhance our natural capital. Our expert panel discuss the importance of biodiversity for the future sustainability of our communities and explore why the waste sector should place increasing importance on activities that support this. Examples of work encouraging enhanced local biodiversity will be shared along with discussions around the practical application and incorporation of this key factor into organisational strategies.
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