At RM OCAID we endeavour to be involved with those who are thinking about issues and developing ideas at the leading edge of all aspects of Resilience – whether Personal (Safety & Wellbeing), Organisational (Cultural Safety® & Risk Management) or, when we can, even wider. So having previously sent our Sustainability Specialist Consultant, Dr. Paul Pritchard, to China to advise a forum of regional governments there, he has recently been working on a project for the Liberal Democrats investigating the implications of the low carbon economy for the UK. The work has involved engaging with a wide range of experts and hosting sector based roundtables for the party. Along the way he been surprised by a number of the implications for businesses and the wider economy. He explains “Like most people I saw renewable energy and the power sector as being the main affected parties, but it is increasingly clear that action legally mandated under the Climate Change Act will have much broader implications. The role of technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) will be critical to the future of key industries such as iron and steel, cement and chemicals with resource efficiency strategies also likely to be appearing across diverse sectors.”
Paul also highlighted the importance of domestic and industrial energy efficiency to reducing risk and Creating Resilience™. While welcoming the emissions reductions already achieved by the UK he expressed concern about the lack of joined up thinking in the policy space. “At RM OCAID we recognise the importance of a system-wide perspective with the need to consider the connections between areas such as health, safety and the environment. It was therefore disappointing the recent industrial green paper did not consider both the risks and benefits of emissions reduction for UK businesses.” Of course Brexit presents a backdrop to any discussion of political policy (and regulation) and emphasises the need for vigilance on the part of professionals to ensure that future regimes are at least as effective in protecting both the health & wellbeing of the workforce and sustainability of the environment and the economy as those we have had in place while a member of the EU.