Recycling targets aren't enough
UK policies mean valuable resources are still wasted after collection
UK waste strategy relies on recycling targets to drive action. But, once collected, materials are often lost to the economy instead of providing a valuable stream of secondary raw material which could used by industry.
Our new report describes the scale of the problem and the opportunities for plastic, steel and critical raw materials. We outline the measures that would 'pull' these materials back into use by manufacturing.
Completing the circle: creating effective UK markets for recovered resources
Future trade risk to food and farming standards
The UK's missing climate policy
Despite current and planned policy the UK is on course to miss its future climate change targets. But, the government has so far ignored the huge potential of resource efficiency to cut carbon.
Our report Less in, more out
shows that improving resource efficiency in five key sectors - construction, vehicles, food and drink, electronics and appliances, and clothing and textiles - could cut domestic carbon emissions by nearly 200 MtCO2e by 2032, equivalent to more than half of the UK’s annual CO2
Press release May 14 2018: 'More efficient resource use would put UK on track to meet legally binding emissions limits'
Our new strategy 2018-21
Building a green and prosperous UK
Our new strategy outlines our work over the next three years.
It describes how we will be deploying our skills and experience, developed over nearly 40 years, to target the areas we believe are most pressing. This includes growing political support
for clean growth and environmental leadership, ensuring environmental protections are not weakened
through Brexit and generating new ideas
to create a green and prosperous UK in the decades to come.
Building a green and prosperous UK: our vision and strategy 2018-21