Businesses slam government's 'failing' resource strategy

Leading business and environmental groups want a new Whitehall body and fresh policies to stave off a looming raw materials crisis

A central Whitehall resource management office is urgently needed to tackle the threat to the economy from a pending raw material crunch, according to leading trade bodies representing the manufacturing, glass, plastics, steel, paper and packaging sectors.

This is the main plea in a strongly worded letter sent to the environment and business secretaries on 20 August.

Friends of the Earth, which also signed the letter, criticised the government’s “incoherent” approach to resource security. This comes on top of the conclusion by the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) in July that the government was “failing” on resource efficiency.

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