By EIC Executive Director Matthew Farrow It’s nearly 15 years since I became professionally involved in environmental issues, when I took the post of Head of Environmental Policy at the CBI. Many ministers, consultations and strategies have come and gone over that period (during which I also worked at the Environmental Services Association and now
On 13th March 2019, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, gave his Spring Statement to the House of Commons. The statement, compared to last year's Autumn Budget differed in that the Chancellor spent a significant proportion of his speech focusing on environmental issues. Key announcements for environmental businesses were: A 3-year Spending Review
Read EIC's response to the government consultation on Biodiversity net gain: updating planning requirements. Read here The response was formulated by the EIC Natural Capital Taskforce.
Read EIC's response to the Inquiry into the Environment Bill, jointly set up by the Environment Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee. Click here.
National emission targets: National emission reduction commitments have been set for five pollutants: fine particulate matter (PM2.5) – 30% reduction on 2005 baseline by 2020, 46% by 2030Ammonia (NH3) - 8% reduction on 2005 baseline by 2020, 16% by 2030nitrogen oxides (NOx) - 55% reduction on 2005 baseline by 2020, 73% by 2030sulphur dioxide (SO2)
Today the government launched its Clean Air Strategy, following a consultation last summer on a draft version. EIC Executive Director Matthew Farrow commented Whatever course Brexit takes in the next few years, thousands of people will still be dying from air pollution. It is welcome to see the Government recognising that we must do better,
DRAFT AGREEMENT ON UK’s WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EU – IMPLICATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENT POLICY It remains unclear whether the draft withdrawal agreement published last week will be enacted. If it does, the impact on UK environmental regulations are likely to be as follows: March 29 2019 to Dec 31 2020 – Transition period In
EIC Executive Director Matthew Farrow commented on the Budget announcement of 29th October 2018: "The environmental content of the Budget was focused on plastics – its important that this issue does not suck up all the political airtime available for green issues. That said, the proposal for a tax on plastic packaging with less than
The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has today published a review of the latest research into the effectiveness of photo-catalytic treatments (PCTs) in reducing local air pollutants. The report, commissioned by EIC and carried out global top-ten university Imperial College London, analyses all published results of trials of PCTs and includes modelling analysis by Imperial and
Please see here to read EIC's recommendations for the 2018 Budget, to better protect the environment and promote the growth of the green economy. To summarise our proposals: Environmental taxation should form a coherent framework which encourages businesses to act in a sustainable manner. There are numerous examples of the current environmental tax system creating