A body representing UK manufacturers has called for regulation and incentives to help capture more value from waste.
The EEF has published a ‘manifesto’ ahead of the general election, ‘Securing a Manufacturing Renaissance’, arguing that there is “significant potential” to use more of what is currently sent for disposal.
It says a priority for the next parliament should be to generate better data on waste to support investment in infrastructure so it can be managed effectively. This would result in the generation of high-quality materials for manufacturers and other resources used to produce efficient energy.
A new Government should also look to establish a centre for remanufacturing innovation, and explore the use of incentives to encourage resource efficiency, said the manifesto.
The EEF also joined a recent Institute of Civil Engineers call for Whitehall to establish an Office of Resource Management to regularly review supply risks and work with stakeholders to mitigate them, improve data infrastructure and help deliver a more strategic approach to innovation.
Terry Scuoler, EEF chief executive, said: “Britain is at a political crossroads and is in moderately good economic health. The challenge is to grasp this opportunity to boost our industrial strength and fulfil our potential as a truly great manufacturing nation.
“This can be secured by meeting the challenges set out in this manifesto.”