A strategy to support the UK waste and recycling sector to promote more sustainable consumption, minimise waste and protect the world’s environment and resources for future generations has been launched by the CIWM (the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management).
‘Leading the Way to a World beyond Waste’ has been developed in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the strategy is focused on building upon CIWM’s existing assets and “optimising their potential to effect lasting change”. It centres on six themes to ensure that CIWM continues to act as a vital change agent in the move to a low-carbon and circular economy:
1. Pioneering professional standards
2. Nurturing innovation
3. Advocating with an authoritative voice
4. Enhancing engagement and connectivity
5. Cultivating communities of practice
6. Leading through excellence
In implementing this strategy, CIWM will continue “to innovate and expand its exciting portfolio of high-quality services while leveraging its reputation and extensive sphere of influence to open new opportunities that are consistent with its core purpose. This will be enabled by maintaining a sound, not-for-profit business and considered targeted investment”.
CIWM president Dr Adam Read, said: “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 commented: “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.”