A pledge to eliminate avoidable waste, recover nature and increase resource efficiency in reducing pollution was todays announced by Prime Minister Theresa May and Environment Secretary Michael Gove today.
This commitment is part of the government’s 25-year plan to improve the natural environment in the UK. Theresa May is keen to show that her government has an agenda that embraces eco-politics which were not a priority for her when she stood for the conservative party leadership in 2016.
In her speech to launch the plan the prime minister said: “I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be needlessly produced”. This is one of the key areas the government wishes to focus on along with what we believe is the governments top three policies:
- Crackdown on plastics by eliminating all avoidable plastic waste through extending the 5p bag charge to small retailers, removing consumer single-use plastics from the government estate and work with retailers on introducing plastic-free supermarket aisles.
- Seek to embed a ‘net environmental hail’ principle so development delivers environmental improvements locally and nationally, enabling housing development without increasing overall burdens on developers
- Tackle climate change by working to secure robust and integral rules and standards that underpin the goals of the Paris agreement and show global leadership by phasing out unabated coal-fired electricity by 2025
This is a brilliant step forward for the UK and with the phase-out of coal being implemented it paves the way for renewable energies such as Solar PV to play a bigger role in powering the UK.
This plan, years behind in schedule, is a welcome addition to the UK’s environmental strategy and we look forward to helping with the continuation of Solar development! To read the plan in full click on the link below: