Richard Lochhead, Scottish Government’s Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, has called on Scotland to “pursue action on all levels, from local to global” to ensure Scotland leads the global move towards resource efficiency, adding that the country must “lead not just in what we say, but in what we do. Rhetoric must become reality.”
Speaking on day one of the Scottish Resources Conference, Lochhead highlighted that resource efficiency will be key to industry progression in the coming years, noting that all natural resources will continue to be stretched as populations increase and rare earth metals become less readily available.
He said: “We need to make sure that waste and resource management becomes integral to every part of an organisation, from boardroom to backdoor. We must work on educating new generations to ensure that they do not expect waste as we do now, or did in the past.”
Richard Lochhead – “We need to make sure that waste and resource management becomes integral to every part of an organisation, from boardroom to backdoor. We must work on educating new generations to ensure that they do not expect waste as we do now, or did in the past”
Lochhead also used his keynote address to launch “Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources”, a new action plan which he believes will be a vital step towards a zero waste future.
He said: “Scottish Government is committed to creating a more productive and circular economy whilst reducing our dependence on raw materials. We are embarking on the next steps to becoming a zero waste nation. [We must] galvanise people behind our zero waste vision, and work with them to make it a reality.”
Lochhead was also clear to emphasise the necessity of “designing out waste”, setting a target of a seven percent reduction in waste by 2017 and a 15 percent reduction by 2025.
Chair of the CIWM Scotland Centre, Linda Ovens, said: “As a nation Scotland is already used to working together effectively and efficiently, but we can achieve so much more, and this must be initiated through clear and sustained leadership emanating from the very top of government.
“The targets to cut waste are ambitious and we look forward to seeing how they will be implemented, how progress is to be measured and reported, and whether enforcement will be needed.
“We are delighted to have welcomed Mr Lochhead back to this event for an unprecedented third time, and look forward to hearing about tangible progress at next year’s conference.”