The Resource Association has today (19 May) issued an open call to the David Cameron to reach out to the resources and waste industry and adapt his ideas for “blue-collar Conservatism” into “green-collar Conservatism for the green economy.”
The call came in a speech by the Association’s chief executive, Ray Georgeson, to the organisations’ Annual General Meeting of members, held t in London.
Georgeson said: “The Prime Minister has turned heads with his statement at the first Cabinet meeting of the new Government about embracing blue-collar Conservatism.
“We urge him to take this a stage further and rediscover his former zeal for environmental matters, but much more than simply environment, to turn his attention to green economic matters as well and turn his vision into one that we can call ‘green-collar Conservatism’.”
Ray Georgeson, Resources Association – “We urge him to take this a stage further and rediscover his former zeal for environmental matters, but much more than simply environment, to turn his attention to green economic matters as well and turn his vision into one that we can call ‘green-collar Conservatism’”
“We know that in the resources sector, our ability to marry economic growth with good environmental performance is a record to be proud of and that we have so much potential to do even more with strong leadership and vision from Government.
“No longer are our issues the exclusive preserve of environmentalists – the green economy has consistently outperformed other parts of the economy on GDP increase and job creation and we urge the Prime Minister embrace this and add green-collar Conservatism to his lexicon and his policy-making.”
“With new and reappointed Ministers and Secretaries of State in Defra, DCLG and BIS we hope that they will respond to the calls from our industry with renewed vigour and listen to our plea for clear and ambitious strategy for resources and the circular economy, most recently articulated by us in our Manifesto for Resources 2015.
“The opportunities are there, the prizes are great and we stand ready to respond with energy and investment to deliver much more ambitious resources and circular economy strategies if the Government is brave enough to lead the way.”
The Association’s Annual General Meeting also saw the election of a new board, and the confirmation of interim chairman, Peter Clayson, of DS Smith as chairman.
Upon appointment, Peter Clayson said: “I am honoured to have been confirmed by my colleagues to chair the Association’s Board for the coming year and look forward to what will be a challenging and exciting year.
“With a new Government, political developments in Scotland and of course a likely EU referendum we will need all the leadership we can get from Government to guide our industry forward. We want to play our part is shaping our own future policy agenda and will remain fully engaged on all fronts.”
Welcomed back onto the Board were Simon Walker of UPM and Paul Vanston of Kent Resource Partnership, with Mandy Kelly of Palm and Paul Smith of Coca-Cola Enterprises joining for the first time.
Stepping down from the Board with our appreciation for their excellent service were Eric Randall of Bryson Recycling and Chris Dow of Euro Closed Loop Recycling.