|Strategy||Making it Happen – the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan for England’s Northwest 2010-2012|
|Partners||NWDA, Environment Agency, Government Office Northwest and 4NW.|
|Lifetime||Developed during 2009.|
|Summary||Produced by the NWDA, in partnership with 4NW, GONW and the Environment Agency, the plan was developed in consultation with a wide number of partners. It provided the framework for SCP in the region building on existing activities and identifying new transformational activities for the region.|
|Aims and objectives||The plan set a vision to:Achieve a more productive, resource efficient, low carbon Northwest by 2020 through continuous economic and social progress that makes best use of resources to meet the needs and aspirations of the Northwest for a better quality of life.The vision was to be delivered through 5 outcomes:Transformation of resource use with the region consuming sustainably – especially in terms of food, chemicals, construction and water.Businesses are sustainable and provide resource efficient, low carbon products and services.
Waste, when unavoidably produced, is seen as a valuable resource – a pathway towards zero waste to landfill is established and commercial waste recycling rates have improved
The Northwest’s Low carbon and Environmental Goods and Services sector is providing sustainable consumption and production solutions and the Northwest is the premier hub for waste and recycling technologies.
The public sector is leading the way – transforming its use of resources and purchasing resource efficient, low carbon products and services.
|Lessons learned||The plan developed was a plan for the region, not NWDA. The expertise and enthusiasm for this agenda and region were absolutely vital to developing the plan. The extensive consultation makes the plan still relevant whoever has the capability, funding and desire to deliver it.The paucity of data on resource use at a regional level is a significant barrier to identifying strategic actions to target use.|
|Future outlook||The plan was launched on 23rd February 2010. In June 2010 it was announced that the RDA would be closing. This restricted delivery of the new activities, however, most of our business support activity was already underway and contracted.|