Commenting on Theresa May’s environment speech, Susanne Baker, head of environment and compliance at techUK commented:
Technology has a huge role to play in helping to achieve the aims of the 25 Year Environment Plan, with the opportunity for “Green Tech” to make both significant economic as well as environmental contributions. Over the coming months we will initiate a report exploring exactly how technologies can help deliver the aims of the 25 Year Environment Plan and the Clean Growth Strategy.
Specifically on waste and resources, there is a welcome focus on the role of Producer Responsibility Systems and the better utilisation of resources from waste, an area of policy which the tech sector has been positively engaged with now for over a decade. We applaud the ambition to publish a new UK Waste and Resources Strategy in 2018 and we look forward to contributing to DEFRA’s work on the Strategy.
The use of chemicals is also important to our sector and we see the commitment to publish an overarching chemicals strategy to set out the UK’s approach on leaving the EU as highly important, both in terms of maintaining environmental protection and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort for industry.