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Government ‘must maintain’ EU ambition

Ambition and momentum set by EU environmental policy must be maintained regardless of the referendum outcome, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has said.

It submitted evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC)’s EU and UK environmental policy report, as reported by MRW.

MPs were told that EU membership had had a positive influence on UK environmental policy, providing overarching frameworks to ensure consistency across the continent.

Another benefit outlined by the organisation was the fact that EU policy provided longer term certainty for investments because it was not subject to national politics.

The circular economy package, currently passing through the European Parliament, was also described as having an “important role” to play in shaping the future of the UK resources sector.

CIWM chief executive Steve Lee welcomed the EAC report, which included the conclusion that there was “no environmental case” for leaving the EU.

“Not only has EU policy both underpinned improvements in our environmental performance and benefitted from our presence in its formulation, but it has also provided the stability and vision that has allowed us to be one of the most dynamic and fast-growing sectors during the challenging economic conditions of the past 10 years.

“With so much more potential to deliver on jobs, green growth, business productivity and competitiveness, the UK must at least maintain the momentum and direction of travel set by the EU, regardless of the outcome of the referendum in June.”

Suez UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones also responded to the report, saying that leaving the EU would be detrimental to investment in the sector.

In February, the CIWM said it was surveying its members on their opinions.


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