The UK's 25-year Green Brexit plan shows supply chains' potential

supplychaindive | January 12, 2018

The United Kingdom this week announced it would take advantage of upcoming trade shifts to deliver a "Green Brexit," publishing a 151-page plan to build a greener future over 25 years. The plans includes vast initiatives to cut waste, stop deforestation, reduce chemical exposure and reform how agriculture and fisheries are managed in the U.K. The plan coincides with the government's Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to work with businesses to ensure supply chains are built sustainably, contribute to clean growth and take advantage of the ongoing "artificial intelligence and data revolution." Like many sustainability plans, the U.K.'s strategy is rife with high goals and targets, making the plan sound lofty and infeasible. But, coupled with national support and a clear enforcement plan, Prime Minister Theresa May this week showed just how far a country can go if its leadership is devoted to sustainability. With manufacturing and waste contributing to 79.2% of the U.K.'s production output, according to the latest weighted data, the 25-year plan will transform the nation's economy. In fact, the plan proposes a few specific efforts that could start to shift market dynamics sooner rather than later:

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