CIWM launches strategy to improve UK’s management of resources

The Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) has released a strategy that outlines the role it will play in shaping the future of waste, recycling, and resource management.

‘Leading the Way to a World Beyond Waste’ aims to improve the way the UK manages resources, supporting the sector in promoting sustainable consumption; waste reduction; and environmental conservation.

CIWM StrategyCIWM states that the strategy is in line with its objective to ‘equip and mobilise’ the professional community to deliver policy that facilitates the sustainable management of resources and waste. Developed in correspondence with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the strategy will build upon the organisation’s existing framework.

Hoping to spur on the shift towards a low-carbon and circular economy, the scheme focuses on six areas:

  • Pioneering professional standards
  • Nurturing innovation
  • Advocating with an authoritative voice
  • Enhancing engagement and connectivity
  • Cultivating communities of practice
  • Leading through excellence

CIWM President, Dr Adam Read, commented: “It is clear we cannot continue to live
in a world that uses 60 per cent more resources than the Earth is capable of regenerating. This strategy positions CIWM at the forefront of the movement towards a world that consumes more sustainably, minimises waste, and protects its environment and resources for future generations. ‘Leading the Way to a World Beyond Waste’ seeks to support the rebalancing of resources and accelerate the move to more efficient and circular economies.”

CIWM Chief Executive, Sarah Poulter, said: “We will continue to focus on enabling
and promoting resource efficiency and the transition to more regenerative economies. An important part of this involves building on our highly regarded heritage of supporting skills development and driving professional excellence. Our support for members will continue to evolve in response to what is a complex, dynamic and rapidly evolving environment.”