Retailers set out environmental priorities for Holyrood

David Martin of the Scottish Retail Consortium

The Scottish Retail Consortium has launched the second of four policy papers setting out the key priorities of the retail industry for each of the political parties ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

In this second paper retailers set out eight key environmental priorities ranging from reform of business rates to incentivise energy efficiency investment to supporting a harmonised local authority recycling collection scheme.

The industry has also outlined its opposition to the suggested new nation-wide deposit return scheme, which would disproportionately penalise the disadvantaged consumer, undermine existing kerbside recycling, increase carbon emissions through extra consumer journeys and retailer haulage operations and place significant costs on business.

Commenting on the launch of the manifesto paper David Martin (pictured), Head of Policy and External Affairs for the SRC, said: “We hope that each of the political parties will consider and support in their manifestos each of the policy priorities we have outlined and which are crucial in supporting the retail industry to go even further in creating a better retailing climate.”