UK — The Material Security Working Group has written a letter to party leaders calling on the next government to establish an Office for Resource Management. Industrialists, environmentalists and professional bodies have called on all 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. „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“, the letter runs.
Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive of the Resource Association, which is a member of the Material Security Working group, 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.“
„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“, the letter ends.
The Material Security Working Group’s letter to party leaders can be downloaded from resourceassociation.com.