LONDON (Nov. 14, 11 a.m. ET) — A government minister has acknowledged the United Kingdom's plastic industry's role in helping to create a greener economy.
Mark Prisk, a minister at the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), said he recognized the work the sector was doing, “in particular through developing and supplying low carbon products and solutions which help other manufacturing sectors.”
Responding to a question from the Labor party's Ian Lucas, Prisk said his department had not undertaken an assessment of the sector's efforts to cut its carbon footprint, but he name-checked the British Plastics Federation (BPF) for its role in highlighting work being done to reduce greenhouse gases.
“Through a close dialogue with the British Plastics Federation the government is aware of the role of plastics in minimizing greenhouse gas emissions,” he said in a written answer.
“Plastics are increasingly used for components across business sectors. For example, in the automotive and aerospace sectors plastics usage is significantly reducing the weight of motor vehicles and aircraft, resulting in improved fuel efficiency, and corresponding reductions in emissions,” Prisk added.
Peter Davis, the BPF's director-general, understandably welcomed the minister's comments.
“The BPF is doing much to inform external target audiences of the good low carbon credentials of plastic products,” he said.
“In just the last few weeks I have given a presentation on Plastics and Sustainability to the government's Chemicals Stakeholder Forum and we gave a briefing on PVC to officials from four government departments,” he added.
BPF recently wrote to Business Secretary Vince Cable highlighting the role plastic played in ensuring the well-being of billions of people across the world.