A new resource management lobbying group has been launched by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA).
Resources & Waste UK was set up to work on behalf of CIWM and ESA to influence the Government, MPs, regulators and media. It will also co-ordinate policy activities between the two parent organisations.
A joint CIWM and ESA statement said it will “deliver strong, consistent messages about the industry’s capabilities and needs”.
The new body will be run by three ESA directors and three CIWM trustees. CIWM chief executive Steve Lee will also co-ordinate staff from both organisations “as needed”.
Speaking at the launch event in Whitehall, ESA chairman David Palmer-Jones, left, said the new body will speak with the combined weight, knowledge and professionalism of the ESA and CIWM membership.
“Our industry has long called out for a champion to stand up for our industry to cut across the political and legislative complexity that we grapple with,” he said.
“The voice of Resources & Waste UK will be powerful and will be heard. We have the responsibility to develop our industry to its full potential, delivering considerable economic benefits in the form of significant investment, infrastructure and new sector jobs.”
David Beadle, left, CIWM’s immediate past president, was a a key figure in setting up the partnership.
He said: “We have agreed that our respective technical groups will work together so we can create a greater ‘gene pool’ of ideas and evidence… Drawing on this more robust body of evidence, we want and need to show that we have a strong industry opinion and voice.”
Under the partnership agreement ESA members will be able to join the CIWM’s regional centres, and the CIWM journal will feature a dedicated ESA section.
Resources & Waste UK will not trade under its name or have membership outside CIWM and ESA, both of which will continue to speak independently for their members.