Resources Council extends consultation deadline for Sector Deal

The UK Resources Council (UKRC) has announced that it will be extending the deadline for its consultation on a ‘Sector Deal’ between the UK resources sector and the government.

The new deadline is 6pm on Friday 18 October 2019, three weeks later than the original deadline of 26 September.

The Sheehan C&D waste recycling plant in Oxford
A Sector Deal could boost investment in UK facilities, like this C&D waste recycling plant in Oxford

After beginning the process of developing the Sector Deal in January, UKRC launched the consultation last month, inviting individuals and organisations within the sector, as well as from ‘associated green growth sectors’, to provide comments on the proposals. The Sector Deal plans are set to be put to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) at the end of the year.

The deal aims to boost the resources sector’s role in developing the circular economy and helping the UK achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. UKRC’s working groups have proposed five foundations for a Sector Deal: business environment, infrastructure, place, people and ideas.

Sustainability consultancy firm Anthesis will be facilitating and administering the development of the deal, and is responsible for overseeing and analysing the consultation. UKRC has confirmed that all consultation responses will be anonymised and the author of any response that may be used verbatim will be contacted for permission.

Chair of UKRC, David Palmer-Jones, said: “We have been very pleased with the level of engagement with the Sector Deal consultation since it was launched last month and would like to thank all those who have participated so far.

“The resources and waste sector is a very broad and diverse sector, with a large number of stakeholders, but we are also intrinsically linked through the circular economy with the many sectors for which we provide services, products and secondary materials. To ensure we are able to capture as much as we can of this rich and diverse experience, we have taken the decision to extend the consultation deadline by three weeks.

“I would like to take the opportunity again to encourage individuals and organisations to have their say, and to help shape this deal, which could help our sector unlock its true economic potential.”

You can participate in the consultation survey on the Sector Deal’s website

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