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Lobby group demands stronger resource efficiency efforts from new government

The new government must prioritise plans for a low carbon economy in its first hundred days of power, claims a leading environmental group.

The Aldersgate group – a coalition of progressive businesses and environmental groups – has published a report outlining proposals for the incoming government to build a more resource efficient and environmentally responsible economy.

The group’s Accelerating the transition: Priorities for the first 100 days of the new government report includes recommendations to move the UK towards a “closed loop” recycling system, where by-products from one material are used in the manufacture of another. It also calls for an expansion of the remit of the Defra Sustainable Consumption and Production Unit.

The report comments: “Conservation of existing resources would lead to significant economic and environmental benefits. In this model, the economy should extract only what is strictly necessary and return secondary materials back into the production cycle, either through reuse, recycling or transformation into energy.”

Aldersgate Group chairman Peter Young told MRW at the report launch: “We certainly believe that resource efficiency is enormously important, not only for the carbon side of things, but also for helping our own economy.

“If we can close the resource loops and make our resource use much more internalised and more based on a complete loop rather than a linear process from raw material, through product to waste it will help grow the economy, it will help jobs and it will make us much more sustainable and resilient in the way that we use resources.”

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