In its Industrial Strategy White Paper released today (27 November 2017), the government laid out a series of “unashamedly ambitious” goals for the future of industry in the United Kingdom. Of particular relevance to our sector was Government’s expressed desire to position the United Kingdom as a global leader in resource productivity and transition to a regenerative circular economy.
The paper calls for an increase in recycling programs and emphasizes the goal of building a stronger market for secondary materials. A new resource and waste strategy is promised to be released in 2018 and will continue to focus on maximising resource productivity in business.
David Palmer-Jones, CEO of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “The government’s commitment to move towards a ‘regenerative circular economy’ is a positive step towards making Britain more productive.
“We now need to work with BEIS to promote well-functioning markets for secondary raw materials – a foundation of the UK’s ability to create a low-carbon, resource efficient economy. More investment in domestic recycling and materials recovery infrastructure is still needed to accelerate the regeneration of our natural capital.
“Our industry will partner with a range of businesses to help them increase their recycling and to aid greater use of quality secondary raw materials all the way along the supply chain. It is essential we work alongside manufacturers to help them innovate and develop sustainable products and packaging which make best use of the abundant yet valuable secondary raw materials we have to hand.
“SUEZ is already working with manufacturers, retailers and energy-intensive industries, such as Renault and Cemex, to help facilitate the more efficient consumption and re-use of materials across the whole supply chain.
“By embracing the principles of circularity, our industry will help the country meet its target of doubling productivity by 2050, as part of the national drive towards zero avoidable waste.”