Factoring in UK ports more in environmental plans

Mark Simmonds: “Government must be prepared to work with ports and other industries to understand concerns when they arise Mark Simmonds: “Government must be prepared to work with ports and other industries to understand concerns when they arise"
Industry Database

The British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed the British Government’s 25 Year Plan for the Environment but cautions that efforts must be redoubled to ensure that unreasonable costs are not added to plans for sustainable development.

Mark Simmonds, policy manager at the BPA said that he welcomed the Prime Minister’s rejection of the false choice between enhancing our environment and promoting economic growth.

“But Government must be prepared to work with ports and other industries to understand concerns when they arise so that solutions on important matters such as air quality and marine plastics are viable and achieve a clear goal,” he said.

Taking control

The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the Government’s 25 Year Plan for the Environment.

In her speech, the Prime Minister said that that Government will make greater use of “natural capital” in its approach to environmental policy – which officials define as “elements of nature that directly or indirectly produce value to people, including ecosystems, species, freshwater, land, minerals, the air and oceans, as well as natural processes and functions”.

During the launch, the Prime Minister also announced that Government will be consulting on a new independent environmental regulator and launching its air quality strategy this year.

It will also be finalising the final tranche of Marine Conservation Zones and taking the opportunity afforded by Brexit to “take back control” of UK waters and put in place a more sustainable fisheries policy.

More information including the full Plan from https://www.gov.uk/government/news/governments-vision-for-a-greener-future-launched

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