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Fortnightly Bulletin – 5th January 2022

5 January 2022

Outdoor Space

Dates for the Diary

31st March 2022

The following COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements (RPS) have been extended until the 31st March 2022:

Social Distancing when Signing and Handing Over Waste Transfer and Consignment Notes in Person: RPS C8

1st April 2022

Plastic packaging tax is to take effect on the 1st April 2022, businesses should check their permits for where recycled packaging is allowed under other conditions, such as with food safety.

Plastic packaging tax policy 2022

6th April 2022

The Companies (Strategic Report) (Climate-related Financial Disclosure) Regulations 2021 will require climate-related financial disclosures by various types of larger companies with more than 500 employees.

Disclosures will be required to be submitted for the first financial year beginning on or after 6th April 2022. These disclosures should follow the recommendations of the Task-Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework.

The Companies (Strategic Report) (Climate-related Financial Disclosure) Regulations 2021

Legal Updates

Water Environment Amendment Regulations 2021 (Scotland)

These regulations amend the Water Environment Regulations 2011 (Scotland), updating various general binding rules on discharges.

Rules are added on the management of silage, slurry and liquid digestate. One rule was split into four concerning run-off to surface water from a range of sources, including from smaller construction sites.

To read more on this updated legislation, click here

Guidance

Water Management: Abstract or Impound Water

If you abstract or impound water or plan to do so, you may need to apply for an abstraction or impounding licence.

Taking water from a surface source (such as a river, stream or canal) or from an underground source is called abstraction. If you plan to take more than 20 cubic metres a day, you are likely to need an abstraction licence from the Environment Agency.

The guidance has been updated to provide further advice regarding the safe passage of eel species.

To read more on this updated guidance, click here

Climate change umbrella agreement for the sawmills sector

This is a legal document for the sector association and outlines their obligations in the Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme. The guidance has been updated by BEIS as of January 2022 to amend the terms and conditions and the sector commitment set out in the umbrella agreement, including a fifth target period.

To read more on this updated guidance, click here

Articles of Interest

UK Government announces major expansion of heat networks in latest step to power homes with green energy.  

UK homes, university residences and public buildings will benefit from cleaner, more affordable heat and energy, thanks to £19 million government funding announced to further expand Great Britain’s network of low carbon heating.

The £19 million investment will go towards setting up 5 new heat networks, 2 in Bristol, and 3 across Liverpool, London and Worthing, providing households and workplaces with more affordable, reliable heating that offers a low-carbon, more cost-effective alternative to installing individual, energy-intensive, heating solutions such as gas boilers.

For full access to the article click here

Small Businesses to deliver a green Christmas this festive season

The UK’s small business community is seeing first-hand that taking action on climate change will not only help protect the planet, but also help their businesses to grow. This festive season, a record number of UK small businesses placed sustainability at the heart of their business models, attracting new customers and driving growth in favour of a sustainable Christmas.

From sustainable skincare products to high-tech electric race-karts, small businesses across the country are making important changes to lower their carbon footprint, increase consumer confidence, choice and value for money and help meet the UK’s target of becoming net zero by 2050.

For full access to the article click here

Funding helps UK Distilleries fuel a greener future

£11.3 million funding to help UK distilleries ditch fossil fuels and develop low carbon heating systems that will make production processes greener. Hydrogen and biogas will power whisky and spirit producers across the country following a cash boost of more than £11 million from the UK government, driving forward plans to create low-carbon green distilleries.

The distilleries sector has the potential to cut carbon emissions by half a million tonnes every year – equivalent to emissions from powering more than 60,000 homes or taking around 100,000 cars off of the road. Supported through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, the winners are being announced today in the wake of the UK hosting the COP26 UN Climate Change summit in Glasgow earlier this month.

For full access to the article click here

Fines and Prosecutions

North East waste boss ordered to repay £800,000

The director of a North East waste company was sentenced on Wednesday 24 November at Teesside Crown Court after pleading guilty to waste offences.

The company, now in liquidation, which operated in Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, was found to have engaged in criminal activity between June 2014 and February 2016, by mis-describing waste it deposited at landfill for significant financial gain.

For full access to the article click here

Online learning and events

Net Zero and a Sustainable Future

The carbon cycle in the soil, and the protection of the land, are at the centre of the paradigm shift and are crucial factors in the fight against climate change. This talk will discuss the potential role of soil carbon in the journey to Net Zero and the wider co-benefits which can be achieved through sustainable soil and land management and stewardship.

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How Can We Enable a Just, Secure and Sustainable Energy Transition?

In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, we will explore what energy transition is and the key drivers behind this change. We will consider its relevance for and perspectives from a number of stakeholders, and discuss challenges for implementation.

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Recent Insights

Farming Subsidies: The Local Nature Recovery Scheme

Farming Subsidies: The Local Nature Recovery Scheme

DEFRA has announced three different land management schemes, including The Local Nature Recovery Scheme. Here is what we know so far

Four Steps to a Sustainable Holiday Season

Four Steps to a Sustainable Holiday Season

As the gift-giving season approaches its peak, you may be taking stock of the amount of waste that piles up. How could we make our holiday season more sustainable? 

Fortnightly Bulletin - 21st December 2021

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Plastic packaging tax is to take effect on the 1st April 2022, businesses should check their permits for where recycled packaging is allowed under other conditions, such as with food safety

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