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Further calls for centralised resource management office

A prominent environmental lobby group has added its voice to calls for waste policy in Whitehall to be co-ordinated through a new Office for Resource Management.

The Aldersgate Group, in a report entitled Resource Efficient Business Models, argues that such a department would better oversee regulation that would “remove red tape and ensure that resources of the same quality are treated in the same way, regardless of how many times they have already been used”.

Nick Molho, executive director, added: “To make a real difference, a more co-ordinated approach is needed to make resource efficiency the easiest and most financially rewarding choice for businesses.”

The call for a central body to regulate resource management echoes similar sentiments from the Institute of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, the EEF and, this week, the Green Alliance.

The report reiterates earlier suggestions from Aldersgate Group in its Manifesto: Priorities for the Next Parliament which was distributed in December.

Other proposals set out in the report include:

  • new policies setting environmental and fiscal goals
  • reforms to the tax system
  • mandating resource efficiency requirements for central Government and regional authorities

The Aldersgate Group comprises business and political associates focused on furthering economic growth through sustainable means.

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