The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) has called again for a dedicated office for resource management within the Government in a policy document ahead of the general election.
In its Manifesto for Infrastructure, the ICE said this would “entrench a circular economy ethos” across all departments and promote resource management as a driver of economic growth.
It said that utilising waste as a resource and extracting maximum value from it should be central to resource management policy across central Government. The organisation also mentioned the proposal in its infrastructure review of June 2014.
The manifesto, released to bring infrastructure high up the agenda ahead of the May general election, also said that ministers must drive efficiencies in consumer energy, water, waste and transport as well as managing demand.
For example, it said they must fully implement the energy market reform “smoothly” and with changes “kept to a minimum”.
It also highlighted how smart technologies could be useful tools to increase resource efficiency because they promote change in consumer behaviour and reduce consumption and emissions.
Nick Baveystock, ICE director general, said: “ICE, as the voice of the infrastructure sector, has called on all political parties to prioritise the long-term development of the UK’s economic infrastructure; our energy, flood defence, transport, ICT, waste and water networks.”