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Circular economy voted as the most absent issue in election manifestos

As part of an online survey of 618 UK environment and sustainability experts, 90 per cent said that they were either extremely or somewhat unhappy the prominence of critical environmental issues throughout the campaigns.

Conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), 90 per cent also rated the debate over air pollution as poor.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the Green Party was voted as the strongest party on tackling environmental issues with 57 per cent backing.

Labour were found to be in second place with 9 per cent of the vote and Conservatives following with 6 per cent.

The next prime minister, whoever they might be, will have to strengthen the UK’s commitment and investment on climate risks say 93 per cent of IEMA members.

Martin Baxter, IEMA’s chief policy advisor said:

It’s clear that Party leaders have largely failed to acknowledge critical environmental issues that can and will impact on the economy and society.

“[This week] a new Government will be elected and, regardless of who is at the helm, it is vital that they take on board the profession’s views and engage with them to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy.”

Members also feel that the public sector should embed sustainability through its procurement following the introduction of the ISO 20400 sustainable procurement standard.

Just over three quarters of members also said that sustainable procurement should be applicable for all public procurement and purchasing.

Andy has worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years and has been published in some of the UK’s top newspapers. He is now the editor Commercial Waste Magazine and contributes to a large selection of headlines and blog articles on the site.

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