Drinks industry will reduce environmental footprint

The Australian non-alcoholic drinks industry is putting certain key areas under the microscope, to ensure the wider economy gets back on their feet.

A report compiled by KPMG Australia details a number of proposals that have broad appeal beyond the drinks industry. These key areas include harmonisation of Container Deposit Schemes (CDS), incentivising key groups to meet sustainability goals, increasing recycling infrastructure, reforming the tax system, simplifying the industrial relations system and improving energy policy.

“As the drinks manufacturing and supply industry continues to adapt to the challenges caused by the coronavirus, the industry will continue to be focussed on more efficient use of resources through more sustainable practices and by minimising its environment footprint,” says Chief Executive Office at Australian Beverages Council, Geoff Parker.

KPMG policy highlights  

The KPMG policy report identifies the potential in extending CDS to all sectors that use and generate recyclable waste that would lead not only to higher job creation but contribute to a more efficient national recycling industry.

“The drinks industry supports the Australian Government’s focus on creating incentives and infrastructure at every step of the waste supply chain,” says Mr Parker.

The Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, the Hon. Trevor Evans MP says: “The partnership between industry and the Morrison Government is a clear sign that collaborative solutions are available to support economic recovery while meeting sustainability objectives.”

The Australian Beverages Council will continue to consult widely with a range of industry and government stakeholders to increase understanding of the proposed reforms.

The full policy report can be read here.

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