Resource Futures maintains close links with government and industry and are often asked to help our clients affect policy development.

Offering independent advice and services, including evidence base development, policy impact analysis, support responding to public consultations, and quantitative modelling of environmental, economic and social impacts.

2021 saw Resource Futures achieve a four-fold increase in the work we deliver on UK Policy topics and in collaboration with key customers we delivered cutting edge projects that have positive impacts for the environment across five key areas:

  • Digital deposit return schemes
  • Packaging
  • Digital innovation for joined-up decision making
  • Fishing and aquaculture waste gear
  • Textiles

Focus on: Fishing and aquaculture waste gear

Our work on the impacts of marine litter from fishing and aquaculture gear is just one example of our policy work, establishing Resource Futures as the leading UK consultancy specialising in
this area.

Culminating in a major study for departments of all four UK governments (Defra, DAERA, Welsh Government and Marine Scotland) we took a holistic, circular economy approach
to assessing the problem and potential policy solutions. Six reports were published by Defra alongside Resource Futures guide for other nations.


Why Resource Futures?

With 30-years’ experience and a team of over 40 specialists, Resource Futures has the expertise to help your business capitalise on the benefits of greater sustainability.

We work across the value chain to deliver trusted, quality outputs and insight to inform and support you key decisions. Minimising the impact of production and consumption through reduction, reuse and recycling.

What our clients say

We tasked Resource Futures with revising and writing a new waste strategy for Herefordshire Council.

They quickly understood our requirements, engaging a range of stakeholders to agree strategic principles, enabling us to set ambitious new strategic goals and transforming our service for the future.

It’s a strategy we’ve now successfully adopted, and we are delighted to be implementing.

Joni Hughes

Herefordshire Council

Resource Futures supported us from ideation through to finished product. The project required deep understanding of commercial and environmental datasets, environmental law and best practice.

The final product allows our customers to interrogate data, analyse and forecast results, and extract insights specific to their business needs. Delivering value and actionable insight for years to come.

Will Ghali


Resource Futures compiled insights into local reuse organisations and potential ways of working together to achieve more through reuse. Their report identified and highlighted factors experienced by existing groups which will help us shape initiatives that overcome barriers and explore opportunities.

It is an important piece of research that helps us improve reuse and repair across Somerset

Julie Searle

Somerset Waste Partnership

Working with Resource Futures has unlocked the power of The 2 Minute Foundation’s BEACH CLEAN app data.

We are now able to quantify findings and present powerful evidence to engage stakeholders. The individuals, groups and families taking part are contributing valuable information through citizen science that can be used for better decision making and direct efforts to keep our beaches free from litter.

Nicola Green

The 2 Minute Foundation

Resource Futures produced a thorough report, reflecting considerable stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis.

The effort that has gone into this information gathering has been exceptional given the timing of this project over the pandemic.

The outputs are invaluable and will be used to inform actions which will make a real difference to our marine industries and environment.

Morag Campbell

Marine Scotland