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Good news for universities in Budget Statement

16 March 2018

A number of points within Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Statement have been welcomed by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

This included the call for evidence on single-use plastics, which the government has indicated it is considering taxing to reduce and increase recycling rates and use of recycled material.

Mr Hammond praised the UK's "world-class universities" during his speech and recognised how these had helped to deliver "breakthrough discoveries and inventions that are powering it".

He further stated that a downpayment of £20m will be made available to organisations providing solutions to single-use plastics, which was also welcomed by the EAUC.

Chief executive Iain Patton said: "This is a welcome focus on creating the sustainability behaviour change we urgently need to see in society.

"Single-use plastics are a scourge on our cities, countryside and sea and the issue must be tackled head on.

"Rightly, the Chancellor has recognised the role both universities and businesses must play if we are to make progress on this agenda," he continued.

"We look forward to seeing which of our members will take up this challenge and we will support them wherever possible," said Mr Patton.

Included within the EAUC membership are institutions with more than 2m students and nearly 400,000 staff, with a spending budget of over £25bn.

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