Fears about the future of UK environmental regulation and the legal oversight and case law on resources persist on the anniversary of the referendum that kicked off Brexit.
That’s according to Greener UK, a coalition of 13 major environmental organisations, which has published the first assessment from its Brexit Risk Tracker, a tool set up to reflect the risks to environmental policy throughout the Brexit process.
The UN Oceans Conference has seen hundreds of commitments made and a ‘call to action’ released as UN member states pledge to work to protect the oceans, while ISWA has set up a Marine Litter Task Force.
When it comes to being resource efficient, turning a waste stream into a resource is about as good as it gets, and always has been. Why, then, is industrial symbiosis an idea that has struggled to gain traction in the UK?
The EU’s main institutions will meet to discuss Circular Economy legislation for the first time next Tuesday after the European Council agreed a negotiating mandate that is believed to contain a 60 per cent recycling target for 2030.
Shipbreaking must take place in safe recycling facilities after at least 52 workers lost their lives preparing vessels for recycling in 2016, according to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s annual report.
MEPs have called on the EU to step up its actions on fighting food waste, unanimously agreeing proposals around making redistribution of surplus food easier and imposing labelling improvements on products.
The European Parliament has voted to take on proposals to raise the European recycling target to 70 per cent by 2030 and to determine a single calculation method for recycling rates ahead of negotiations for the EU’s Circular Economy Package.
Centre-right think tank Policy Exchange has claimed the EU’s ‘ill-defined’ Circular Economy Package could cost UK businesses an extra £2 billion over the next 20 years, though others have questioned the report’s conclusions.