Working Group Puts Pressure On Parties To Create An ORM

The organisations that make up the Material Security Working Group have written a letter to the political party leaders calling on whoever forms the next government to establish an Office for Resource Management (ORM).

The Group, which is comprised of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Packaging Federation, Mineral Products Association, Friends of the Earth (England, Wales & Northern Ireland), ADS Group, the Resource Association and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, has called on the parties to commit to a “cost-neutral government-based office to provide oversight and coordination to policy relating to resource security, efficiency and husbandry”.

The letter states: “Alongside the ORM, an early duty of any incoming government must be to conduct a review of the UK’s exposure to raw material supply risks, recommending policies for a more resource efficient and resilient economy.

Ray Georgeson, Resource Association – “Resource Association joins environmental groups, industry colleagues and professional bodies in a renewed call for all political parties to commit to an Office for Resource Management (ORM) and the early need to conduct a review of the UK’s exposure to raw material supply risks”

“This would bring the UK in line with other manufacturing nations, which already have strategies in place to shield their economies from resource risks, leaving the UK lagging behind. We cannot afford to continue with the piecemeal and contradictory approach to resource efficiency exhibited to date.

“To have a credible mid-to-long term approach to running the economy all parties need to publicly commit to the ORM and the review of UK material supply risks. We look to you during these final weeks of campaigning to voice your support for these important initiatives.

Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive of the Resource Association, commented: “Resource Association joins environmental groups, industry colleagues and professional bodies in a renewed call for all political parties to commit to an Office for Resource Management (ORM) and the early need to conduct a review of the UK’s exposure to raw material supply risks.

“We called for these policy changes in our own Manifesto for Resources 2015 and today have joined with FoE, ICE, ADS Group, Packaging Federation, IEMA and MPA in writing to the leaders of the political parties seeking their endorsement of this important reform to resources policy co-ordination and urgent research.”

 

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