Shaping and influencing policy: July 2018

The last three months have seen a number of significant and exciting opportunities for us to continue to build on our work to shape and influence legislation, policy and practice. Below are some highlights of the opportunities.


Credibility and policy development

Between April and June, we submitted two consultations and one formal submission to a committee. We submitted a written submission to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the Scottish Government’s Revised National Outcomes for Scotland, responded to the UK Government consultation ‘Tackling the plastic problem’ and responded to the Scottish Government proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in Scotland.


In May, our Chief Executive, Derek Robertson, published an opinion piece on roadside litter and our week of action, highlighting the scale of the problem and the need for immediate action across all of society. We also welcomed the publication of the Climate Change Bill in May, praising its ambition and direction of travel. Alongside this, we supported the call from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland for MSPs to push for stronger targets on emissions and the action needed to deliver, and the need to highlight the importance of action by individuals, communities, businesses and government.


Strategic engagement and working collaboratively

In April we welcomed the EU adopting historic litter prevention strategy. Since 2013, we and other members of the Clean Europe Network, have been collectively calling for concerted EU action on land-based litter prevention, notably to address marine litter.


In June we became a signatory of the UK Plastics Pact - committing us to a clear intent on challenging the prevalence of single-use plastics which impact the quality of our environment. We also welcomed Scottish Water’s new campaign, “Your water, your life – Top up from the tap”, which aims to encourage people to take positive action for both their own health and the environment by using reusable water bottles and filling them up from the tap.


These opportunities allowed us to demonstrate our expertise in a wide range of areas including single use items, litter and recycling and climate change. In addition, it highlights our work arond the Global Goals, particularly Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14: Life Below Water and Goal 15: Life on Land.

27 July 2018


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