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Government proposes phasing out fossil fuel heating

21 March 2018

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a call for evidence to phase out the installation of high-carbon fossil fuel heating in new and existing buildings off the gas grid, during the 2020s.

Trade bodies reject Defra proposals to water down WEEE targets

20 March 2018

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has expressed concerns over the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) plans to reduce 2018 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection targets.

New enforcement powers for waste regulators

20 March 2018

New enforcement powers to tackle illegal waste activity are set to enter force in England and Wales over the next two months.

Gove promises “Green Brexit” when UK leaves the EU

20 March 2018

Environment Secretary Michael Gove claims the environment will be better protected when the UK leaves the EU.

Chewing gum tax

16 March 2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for a tax to be introduced on chewing gum to help pay for cleaning UK streets.

Microplastic found in bottled water

15 March 2018

Microplastics have been found in “almost all” samples of bottled water analysed from around the world, new study finds.

Review of driving laws in preparation for self-driving vehicles

15 March 2018

The Government has announced the launch of a three-year regulatory review to pave the way to develop, test and drive self-driving vehicles on UK roads.

UK businesses want to remain tied to European standards, post-Brexit

14 March 2018

Businesses, trade bodies, trade unions, consumer groups and academia want the UK to remain a full member of the European Standards Organisation when Britain leaves the EU.

Government to launch public consultation on plastic waste

14 March 2018

The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond used his Spring Statement today to announce a public consultation on taxing single-use plastics.

Failed coffee cup tax proposal raises concern over packaging recovery system

13 March 2018

The Government has refused to introduce a 25p levy on coffee cups recommended by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), arguing that instead the whole packaging recovery system needs an overhaul.