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MPs show yellow card to UK’s resource efficiency

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned the Government again over its poor performance on dealing with waste and resources.

An inquiry set up by the EAC assigned a red, amber or green score to 10 key environmental areas. ‘Resource efficiency and waste’ received an amber warning.

It concluded that the Government ‘must commit to improve the situation in all environmental areas’.

It added: “Action is required urgently, and must continue both in this Parliament and over the term of the next and beyond. To be able to do so requires improvements in data, processes, strategy and accountability.’

Pointing to its circular economy report published in July, the EAC said that the way the economy consumes resources is “not sustainable”.

It repeated the assertion that the Government’s approach to waste “lacks leadership”.

MPs also called for a new Office for Environmental Responsibility to boost the Government’s performance.

Committee chair Joan Walley said: “Our inquiry provides a wide ranging examination of the state of the environment and shows that further and continued effort is required to protect it properly.

“A dedicated, wide-ranging environmental strategy is needed, overseen by a new Office for Environmental Responsibility to ensure the Government meets the requirements to protect human health and the natural world.

“Effective action on environmental protection is essential, both during the current Parliament and beyond. Parties should therefore be considering credible environmental protection in their manifestos.”

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