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Green Alliance plans resource goals for next Government

Policy proposals on resource efficiency will be presented to the next Government by the Green Alliance as part of the second phase of its project on the circular economy.

The think tank launched the Circular Economy Task Force, a business-led initiative backed by Whitehall, in 2012 to identify the barriers to the development of a more resource efficient economy.

The Green Alliance is now preparing a series of policy recommendations ahead of the general election next year.

“It is to ensure that whoever forms the next Government has a clear briefing on what effective resource policy would involve and how they could deliver it,” Jonny Hazell, senior policy adviser at the Green Alliance, told MRW.

Recommendations could include shifting the responsibility of resource policy from Defra to BIS, and improving waste collections across the UK.

Previous analysis carried out by the Task Force pointed out that “poor” recycling systems are costing the country up to £1.7bn a year.

The Green Alliance will conduct interviews and run workshops with organisations and businesses involved in resource management and aims at publishing a briefing document by March 2015.

The Resource Association and investment firm Sinvestec have joined the Task Force in the second phase of the project and will work alongside existing members Veolia, Viridor, WRAP, Alliance Boots, Kyocera Document Solutions and Unilever.

“[This expanded] the expertise into the mechanics of resource recovery and the investment opportunities offered by a circular economy,” the group said.

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