The Regional Economic Strategy 2006 contained an action to: “Improve business resource efficiency and waste minimisation support including: sustainable procurement, overcoming barriers to new energy and waste technologies; and the reuse and recycling of materials.” The aim was to increase productivity through improved efficiency and environmental benefit of reduced resource use, in support of the regional waste strategy and waste reduction targets.
In February 2010, the NWDA launched the region’s first Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan. Mapped against twelve action areas to address market failures and fill gaps in SCP delivery, this plan reviewed the Northwest evidence base and economic development priorities under the SCP agenda.
Future North West, a report by NWDA and 4NW (the North West Regional Leaders’ Board), also recognised the importance of sustainable consumption and production. It set an objective to stimulate key sectors including housing, transport and industry, to develop low carbon and resource efficient solutions and alternatives. The key regional issue was to stimulate resource efficiency in business operations and to improve the energy efficiency and resource efficiency of commercial buildings.