Members appointed to Scottish Government expert panel to tackle plastic pollution

15 May 2018

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Experts from retail, the waste and chemical industries, the public sector and academia have joined a Scottish Government panel tackling plastic pollution.

The government has also appointed current Electoral Commissioner Dame Sue Bruce as chair of the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges and Other Measures, a group that will provide advice on dealing with disposable cups and plastic straws.

She will be joined by behavioural expert Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, economist Professor Liam Delaney, Mike Barry, the director of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer, Roger Kilburn from the biotech and chemical industry, Professor Margaret Bates from the waste industry and Professor Aileen McHarg who will bring legal expertise.

SEPA chief executive Terry A’Hearn, Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland and disability adviser Professor Kate Sang will also sit on the group. A 2050 Climate Group representative will provide a young person’s perspective.

The Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures is an advisory group being established to provide advice to Scottish Ministers on charges or other measures which may be adopted in Scotland within devolved competence with the goal of encouraging the long-term and sustainable changes in consumer and producer behaviour required to move to a circular economy.  The group will have an initial working life of two years.

Source: Scottish Government, 11 May 2018