There is a great risk of a ‘vacuum’ once the European Commission and European Court of Justice no longer have a role in the oversight and enforcement of environmental legislation, a House of Lords report has said.
EU action on food waste has been ‘fragmented’ and ‘intermittent’, despite a number of policies having the potential to make a big difference, a new report from the European Court of Auditors has found.
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee have been urged to impose a 50 per cent food waste reduction target in a vote on food waste regulations next week that will shape the EU’s policy on the matter for the next 15 years.
The Environmental Audit Committee has called for a new Environmental Protection Act to be introduced during Brexit negotiations to ensure that environmental legislation is not weakened by the UK’s departure from the EU.
Marine preservation organisations and personal care product producers are being asked to give their views on a proposed microbead ban, which a consultation has revealed would be limited to ‘rinse-off’ products.
Funding of £400,000 from the Northern Irish carrier bag levy is to be made available to support small-scale environmental projects aimed at improving the local environment and boosting civic pride, ahead of a review of the charge next year.
A ‘world-first’ industrial-scale facility to create a chemical intermediate for plastic production from renewable sources has opened, as CEP Rapporteur Simone Bonafe calls for the mainstreaming of the circular economy approach.