Government ‘fails’ to drive resource efficiency

A new report says the Government is “failing” to take action to drive the UK economy’s resource efficiency and more needs to be done. The Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) ‘Driving […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A new report says the Government is “failing” to take action to drive the UK economy’s resource efficiency and more needs to be done.

The Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) ‘Driving Resource Efficiency for a Competitive Britain’ report has called on the Government to quickly implement new resource efficiency policies to boost the industry’s competitiveness and create new opportunities for businesses whilst benefitting the environment.

Adrian Wilkes, Chairman of the EIC said: “There can be no doubt that the benefits of resource efficiency are huge – yet the Government is failing to take significant co-ordinated action. This is undermining policies aimed at tackling key environmental challenges such as climate change, whilst damaging the UK’s international competitiveness in a world facing rising prices for all raw materials.

“In order to achieve the goals of a strong economy that operates within its environmental limits we must be much more efficient in the way we use scare resources to produce goods and services.”

A report by Defra last year claimed UK companies could save around £23billion every year by implementing simple resource efficiency actions.