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Green Alliance has vision to 'design out waste'

Environmental charity Green Alliance has announced its strategy for the next three years including a movement to design out waste.

It has six themes that it will be assessing from now until 2012 including: political leadership, the sustainable economy, the third sector, climate change and energy futures, green living and designing out waste.

Green Alliance policy adviser Hannah Hislop told MRW: Our Designing out waste project brings together ten companies and business organisations from across the supply chain from retailers such as Boots and Asda to the waste management companies Shanks and Veolia to consider whether policy is moving in the right direction to eliminate waste at source.

Hislop said that the Green Alliance is looking at the challenges innovations like compostable packaging throw up for the current organisation of supply chains and waste management systems.

In late June, Green Alliance will publish The secret life of stuff, which will map and critique the policy drivers bearing on products and their processes of production, taking into account both mandatory carbon drivers such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment [climate change scheme] through to voluntary drivers on resource such as the Courtauld Commitment [voluntary packaging agreement between the Waste & Resources Action Programme and retailers]. The report will examine the extent to which these drivers are ambitious and coherent, and whether there are gaps or conflicts that policymakers will need to tackle in the near future.

Hislop added: We urgently need a move from a primarily waste-orientated view of the issues to a more upstream and joined-up approach that promotes vastly better resource use as its goal.

Independent sector analyst Peter Jones explained: The next three years promise a perfect storm in the so-called waste resources area in response to a combination of treaty deadlines, fiscal instruments, delayed investments and global demand factors working in unison to drive the fundamentals. The contribution of Green Alliance in shaping and facilitating the debate around these issues, based on the organisations wide ranging audience base, has never been more crucial in ensuring we translate ideas into action across all interest groups.


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