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2013: the year of the consultation

Posted on by Rebecca

As the environmental and cleantech sectors strive forward, be it through targets and initiatives or driven by private sector forward thinking and investment, there is an increasing role for regulation and strategies from Government. Importantly, the industry is being approached for its input on a wide range of matters in order to develop these strategies – this year alone has so far seen 45 consultations open, close or publish outcomes.

Over the summer, consultations have taken place that will have far reaching implications and there is still time to get your voice included. Over the next few weeks, some of the most important consultations for the sector held in recent years will deadline, including the waste management plan for England (closes 9th September), the draft Electricity Market Reform Delivery (closes 25th September) and the transition from the Renewables Obligation to Contracts for Difference (closes 25th September).

The wide variety of consultations that are underway shows the breadth of development taking place in the UK – it is most certainly an exciting, albeit changeable, time for the sector. From smart metering, biomass, hydro, wind and renewable heat incentive, through to contracts for difference, electricity market reform and radioactive waste, industry opinion is being sought to help inform and guide government strategy that will deliver a framework for the sector to work within for years to come.

Responding to government consultation is an opportunity for businesses to ensure their voices, experiences and future hopes for the direction of their own industry are heard and considered when governmental policy is being decided. It can be time consuming, but without the input of those that are at the coal face, doing the job day in and day out, the government can’t devise a strategy that meets the requirements but also appreciates the subtle challenges each sub section of a sector can face.

Keeping an eye on both current and future policy discussions is an important role in being a business leader and it’s easy to do by monitoring relevant government websites such as Defra and DECC.

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