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Green economy strategy goes across Government departments

A cross-departmental strategy aimed at supporting the UK’s transition to a green economy has been launched by the Government.

The document, produced by Defra, the department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Energy and Climate Change, sets out a number of waste-related policies designed to help the Government achieve its aims with businesses. These include voluntary responsibility deals, the landfill tax, the renewable heat incentive (RHI), proposed landfill bans and how they will interact with other associated policies.

The strategy also suggests a role in dealing with commercial & industrial waste for the Green Investment Bank and highlights the role of voluntary agreements. It states there is “scope for further voluntary action on the green economy, with businesses and Government working together as part of the big society”.

Environmental Services Association director of policy Matthew Farrow welcomed the strategy. He said: “We welcome the report’s emphasis on partnership between business and Government in making the necessary transition to a green economy.

“ESA members will also appreciate the Government’s recognition that resource efficiency in general, and the waste and resource management sector in particular, have a crucial role to play in that transition.”

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