May’s Modern Industrial Strategy Welcomed

industrial-strategyThe Industrial Strategy Green Paper launched today by the Prime Minister Theresa May has been welcomed by CIWM, SUEZ and the ESA.

The paper sets out how the UK proposes to build a modern industrial strategy. It is not intended to be the last word, but to start a consultation.

The green paper sets out a plan to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. To achieve that goal, the green paper sets out ten strategic pillars to underpin a new government approach* (see below).

The resources and waste management sector has a vital role to play in delivering the Government’s pledge to develop resilient UK supply chains and secure the economic benefits of a low-carbon, resource efficient economy, waste management company SUEZ says.

CIWM – “It is particularly encouraging to see resource productivity identified as important to the competitiveness and resilience of the UK economy”

David Palmer-Jones, CEO of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “We at SUEZ look forward to seeing the resources and waste management sector embedded in the Government’s strategy for upgrading infrastructure, investing in affordable energy and clean growth, while also ensuring that the secondary raw materials our sector produces supports the UK economy along the path of innovative and sustainable growth.

“A modern industrial strategy heralds a modern strategy for the resources and waste management sector. We will work with Government to ensure waste is treated fully as a resource for both secondary raw materials and energy, so that we in the private sector can continue to invest in the long term infrastructure required to help transition the UK to a more fully circular economy, improving resource productivity.”

Dynamic & Innovative

“CIWM agrees that now is an opportune time for the UK government to put forward a long term vision for its industrial strategy,” CIWM CEO Dr Colin Church said. “It is particularly encouraging to see resource productivity identified as important to the competitiveness and resilience of the UK economy.

SUEZ – “A modern industrial strategy heralds a modern strategy for the resources and waste management sector”

“There are also important strands in the paper that are directly relevant to our sector, not least the focus on innovation and science. The UK waste and resource management sector has shown itself to be dynamic and innovative in developing new ways of deriving value from waste – both as secondary materials and energy – and has the potential to become a valuable source of feedstocks for industrial growth sectors, including the UK bioeconomy.

“We also welcome the commitment to technical education and the additional £170m funding. CIWM and WAMITAB have long championed skills, qualifications and competence across our sector, which requires a wide range of specialisms from mechanical, civil and chemical engineering through to the life sciences highlighted for support in the paper. Not only that, but we have an important role to play in promoting more safe, sustainable and resource efficient waste management skills right across UK plc, skills that will be important to our future competitiveness.

“Just today, a new report from the Aldersgate Group has suggested that the UK could gain around £76bn in gross value added by 2030 through more resource-efficient business models.

ESA – “We look forward to working with Government both on this strategy and on Defra’s 25 Year Environmental Plan, to introduce policies which promote sustainable markets for secondary raw materials and which encourage investment in much-needed infrastructure to improve the way the UK’s wastes are turned into productive resources and energy.”

“In seeking to ‘secure the economic benefits of our move towards a low-carbon economy’, the Prime Minster and her colleagues must also not forget the important contribution that the waste and resource management sector makes to tackling climate change, both in terms of reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the impact associated with the extraction and consumption of virgin raw materials. This contribution must be reflected in any strategy seeking to deliver low-carbon growth and must be planned for as part of the infrastructure upgrade that has been promised today. In addition, given its very nature, waste and resource management happens at a local as well as a national level and is an important component in the Prime Minister’s drive to secure local economic development across the UK.”

ESA’s executive director, Jacob Hayler said: “ESA welcomes today’s Green Paper on a new industrial strategy and in particular the Government’s recognition of the role which resource efficiency can play in improving productivity and growth in the UK economy.

“We look forward to working with Government both on this strategy and on Defra’s 25 Year Environmental Plan, to introduce policies which promote sustainable markets for secondary raw materials and which encourage investment in much-needed infrastructure to improve the way the UK’s wastes are turned into productive resources and energy.”

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  1. Investing in science, research and innovation
    We must become a more innovative economy and do more to commercialise our world leading science base to drive growth across the UK.
  2. Developing skills
    We must help people and businesses to thrive by: ensuring everyone has the basic skills needed in a modern economy; building a new system of technical education to benefit the half of young people who do not go to university; boosting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills, digital skills and numeracy; and by raising skill levels in lagging areas.
  3. Upgrading infrastructure
    We must upgrade our standards of performance on digital, energy, transport, water and flood defence infrastructure, and better align central government infrastructure investment with local growth priorities.
  4. Supporting businesses to start and grow
    We must ensure that businesses across the UK can access the finance and management skills they need to grow; and we must create the right conditions for companies to invest for the long term.
  5. Improving procurement
    We must use strategic government procurement to drive innovation and enable the development of UK supply chains;
  6. Encouraging trade and inward investment policy
    Government policy can help boost productivity and growth across our economy, including by increasing competition and helping to bring new ways of doing things to the UK.
  7. Delivering affordable energy and clean growth
    We need to keep costs down for businesses, and secure the economic benefits of the transition to a low-carbon economy.
  8. Cultivating world-leading sectors
    We must build on our areas of competitive advantage, and help new sectors to flourish, in many cases challenging existing institutions and incumbents;
  9. Driving growth across the whole country
    We will create a framework to build on the particular strengths of different places and address factors that hold places back – whether it is investing in key infrastructure projects to encourage growth, increasing skill levels, or backing local innovation strengths.
  10. Creating the right institutions to bring together sectors and places
    We will consider the best structures to support people, industries and places. In some places and sectors there may be missing institutions which we could create, or existing ones we could strengthen, be they local civic or educational institutions, trade associations or financial networks.

Responses should be submitted no later than 17th April 2017 using the CitizenSpace online consultation platform

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