Government Representative Perspective
"Resource conservation and climate protection are ranked high on the political agenda".
There is an increasing awareness of the resource constraints which all businesses face in the current economic climate. Businesses need to become more resource self-sufficient with more emphasis on preventing waste and increasing recycling. In the long term, we want to ensure that all wastes are seen as a resource. This may involve completely reviewing and redesigning their business models and working methods.
The biggest challenges for businesses will come from the need to change current business models, work with customers to ensure that supply chains become more sustainable and to encourage a move towards longer-life products with emphasis on such things as leasing or refurbishment rather than buying new. Businesses will also need to rethink the types of materials used, and how they are used to enable better design for disassembly and closed loop recycling.
- John Griffiths Welsh Minister of State for the Environment