CIWM’s chief executive, Steve Lee, has called on the incoming government to push resources and waste back up its agenda and to make the European circular economy package an “early priority”. He also thanked former Defra Minister, Dan Rogerson, for his efforts and interest in the sector in the wake of his defeat last night.
As the General Election results continue to roll in, we do know is that in the waste and resources, and energy and climate sectors, we will have new ministers as Dan Rogerson and Ed Davey were both defeated in their constituencies.
Both Liberal Democrat MPs and ministers, Davey and Rogerson are just two of the numerous Lib Dems to have been defeated. Rogerson suffered a swing of more than 20 percent to lose his North Cornwall seat to the Conservative candidate, Scott Mann; while Ed Davey’s Kingston and Surbiton seat was also taken by the Conservative candidate, James Berry, following an 18 percent swing.
Speaking this morning, CIWM chief executive Steve Lee commented: “The result of yesterday’s General Election is clearer than most predicted. It avoids some of the turbulence that could have been involved in potentially complex coalition negotiations
“The in-coming Conservative-led UK Government will have many priorities, but for the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and its members we need them to get the environment in general – and resources and wastes management in particular – back up the priority list for action. Neither have featured in the hustings despite their clear importance in delivering jobs and economic opportunities as well as protecting people and the environment.
“Early priorities for the new Government must include early and active engagement in shaping the European Circular Economy package. It will set the path for years to come for this industry and all of its customers – regardless of any review of the UK’s position in the EU. We also need Government to maintain the fight against waste criminals and to support the revolution in how we manage our resources and wastes.
“We need early and clear decisions regarding Government departmental responsibilities and how they will work together to support resource efficiency and the general green economy growth. The policy area is complex and will need better co-ordinated actions across departments than we have seen recently. The next 5 years must be productive ones, not fallow, in delivering a more resource efficient UK.
“On a personal note the Institution would also like to thank the out-going Defra Minister, Dan Rogerson, for his genuine interest in the sector and its issues, and hope to work with him in the future. His successor – in whatever departmental role – needs to be a champion for our industry and what it can deliver across all sectors.”