Greener busi­ness

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – Britain’s first en­vi­ron­men­tal Bill in over 20 years is a unique op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the Bri­tish econ­omy and demon­strate con­tin­ued en­vi­ron­men­tal lead­er­ship af­ter Brexit.

As or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing across mul­ti­ple sec­tors of Britain’s econ­omy, we be­lieve that am­bi­tious, wellde­signed and prop­erly en­forced en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions make good busi­ness sense. They pro­vide a level play­ing field, in­cen­tivise in­vest­ment in in­no­va­tion and skills, sup­port job cre­ation and help busi­nesses de­velop com­mer­cial strengths in fast-grow­ing ar­eas of the world econ­omy. We have seen this dy­namic at play in, for ex­am­ple, the in­tro­duc­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions in the con­struc­tion, waste and car man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries.

We there­fore call on the Gov­ern­ment to strengthen its 25 Year En­vi­ron­ment Plan by in­tro­duc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal goals in the up­com­ing En­vi­ron­ment Bill. The Bill should at least set mea­sur­able tar­gets to cover im­prove­ments to air and wa­ter qual­ity, soil health, peat­land restora­tion, net bio­di­ver­sity gain and re­source ef­fi­ciency.

If sup­ported by de­tailed poli­cies and an ef­fec­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dog, this leg­is­la­tion would send clear sig­nals for busi­nesses to in­vest in en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments and re­source ef­fi­ciency, and en­sure that we pass on a healthy en­vi­ron­ment and com­pet­i­tive econ­omy to the next gen­er­a­tion. Nick Molho

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Alder­s­gate Group Javier Quiñones

Coun­try Re­tail Man­ager Ikea UK and Ire­land Mike Barry

Di­rec­tor of Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Marks & Spencer Ste­fano Agos­tini

CEO, Nestlé UK & Ire­land Juer­gen Maier CEO, Siemens plc Jonathan Hamp­son

Gen­eral Man­ager, Zip­car UK and 14 oth­ers; see tele­graph.co.uk

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