SUEZ call DEFRA leadership “crucial” for the future of the UK


Following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, SUEZ has welcomed the stability at the Department for the Environment, Food, Rural Affairs with no ministerial changes affecting the recycling sector. 

SUEZ chief executive David Palmer-Jones said: “It is very reassuring that, in unstable times, we have stability in the leadership of the Department for the Environment, Food, Rural affairs – with both the Secretary of State, Michael Gove, and the Parliamentary Under Secretary, Therese Coffey, remaining at the helm of this vital department. 


He explained that Defra’s leadership is crucial if the UK wants to be known as a future leader in resource efficiency, sustainability, and environmental protection. 

The SUEZ boss added that although the recycling and recovery industry has a great deal to offer the environment, it is a complex system, and previously Defra Ministers have spent time “learning their brief, rather than making policy.”  

He added that In Michael Gove and Therese Coffey we have informed, highly proficient, leaders who seem to grasp the potential of the resource management sector and we are glad to be able to continue working with them to help create a more sustainable United Kingdom.”