The Water Taskforce at the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) met on Wednesday 25 January, to discuss important updates related to the UK Environment Act, and discuss emerging issues as part of EIC’s forthcoming Innovation Campaign.
The newly formed taskforce, which met for the first time, has outlined a programme of activity for the year ahead, with clear objectives on assessing the implementation of the Environment Act and supporting EIC's soon to be launched ‘Innovation Campaign’.
A discussion on innovation highlighted the need for greater investment in research and development and the challenges facing companies in securing funding for new technologies and solutions.
Members also had the opportunity to discuss the importance of overcoming regulatory barriers and promoting more effective collaboration between different stakeholders.
Taskforce members engaged in a robust discussion, sharing their perspectives on the key barriers to innovation and potential solutions for overcoming them.
On the Environment Act, EIC is currently working with Defra on providing a progress report later this year.
Members discussed the importance of this landmark legislation in promoting environmental protection and the challenges facing the industry in implementing its provisions.
They discussed the potential for the Act to drive innovation and collaboration in the industry and the importance of ongoing monitoring and evaluation to track progress and identify areas where additional action is needed.
Michael Lunn of EIC’s Policy Team said: “The creation of a new EIC Taskforce on Water is an important moment in our engagement with members and the wider industry.
"Discussions provided valuable insights into the challenges facing the industry and identified a range of promising solutions and strategies for promoting progress.”
To get involved in EIC’s Water Taskforce, please contact Michael Lunn.