The creation of an Office for Resource Management and introduction of incentives for recycling are among the policy priorities identified by the Aldersgate Group in a report ahead of the general election.
The business-led alliance’s ‘Manifesto: Priorities for the Next Parliament’ lists six areas for action, including energy and resource efficiency.
Its ‘key asks’ in this area are to develop a strategy for resource security and circularity and make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.
The report recommends the government conducts a review into the UK’s exposure to trends in resource security and their impact on the economy, and develops a resource efficiency action plan overseen by an Office for Resource Management.
“Regulation and government procurement rules must support businesses that are already taking the lead in a circular economy, by promoting design that enhances reparability, reuse, recyclability, collection and disassembly, with landfill bans as the intervention of last resort for high volume, low value materials,” the report adds.
It also suggests the Government considers “additional incentives and triggers to encourage the shift towards circularity” such as introducing a tax on incineration, making waste segregation easier for homes, lowering VAT on recycled products and requiring longer product guarantees.
Other recommendations include developing a cross-departmental plan to give certainty to investors and businesses and setting out a trajectory of minimum energy efficiency standards.
Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group, said: ”This report sets out how politicians, recognising the climate and resource challenges that we face, can go about creating an efficient, resilient and low carbon economy and deliver significant economic and social benefits for the UK.”