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Government ‘has no clear plans’ to implement SDGs

EAC’s assessment of the UK’s Sustainable Development Goal efforts is the second to doubt the government’s commitment to the international policy

NFU’s neonic request fails again

The National Farmers Union’s latest emergency request to use neonicotinoid pesticides has been rejected by the government

Improve chemical data quality, ECHA tells business

Poor information submitted on chemical toxicity is undermining the European Chemicals Agency’s efforts to identify SVHCs

Industrial strategy needs coherent finance and low-carbon policy

Better access to green finance and a coherent climate policy framework are vital to the success of the UK’s industrial strategy in delivering a low-carbon economy, say analysts

DEFRA accused of ‘moving goalposts’ on marine protection

The standard of evidence required for designating marine protection areas in the UK has been raised inappropriately, according to the Environmental Audit Committee

Soubry to join Green Steel Council

The former business minister, a strong advocate for UK steel, will help to seek out ways of implementing low carbon solutions in the hard-pressed sector

Natural England and HSE confirm appointments

Four key members of the board of Natural England have been reappointed and a vital new HSE role covering chemical safety issues during Brexit has been filled

Asbestos waste criminal forced to pay £80,000

The owner of a waste operation in Penzance has been fined for managing hazardous waste inappropriately

Labour pledges post-Brexit environmental enforcement

Keir Starmer has promised a future Labour government would retain enforcement mechanisms as well as environmental regulations

Businesses fold as NI changes to RHI come in

Some Northern Ireland renewable heating firms have been forced to stop operating following tariff changes, according to a trade association

‘Non-partisan’ scheme aims to slash red tape

The Red Tape Initiative is the latest deregulatory effort to be launched in the UK, seeking to reduce burdens in a post-Brexit nation

‘No permission in principle’ for brownfield sites needing EIA

Brownfield sites that require environmental impact assessments must be included on council registers but should not be granted permission in principle for development, says DCLG

DEFRA misses clean air zone consultation deadline

The government has asked the High Court for more time to publish its draft air quality plan, due ostensibly to pre-election purdah

Coffey rules out food waste regulation ‘sledgehammer’

Mandatory collections and tax breaks to bring down food waste in England have once again been dismissed by the environment department

Research programme to investigate carbon removal

The capture and storage of carbon from biomass and the use of steel slag to trap emissions are among the potentially game-changing negative emissions technologies to receive funding

Battery research gets £246m government boost

The industrial strategy challenge fund will support research into electric vehicles, driverless cars and advanced materials

Energy Catalyst competition kicks off new £13m round

UK businesses and research organisations focusing on the energy trilemma are being invited to apply in Innovate UK’s fifth Energy Catalyst funding round

Global sustainable procurement standard enters force

ISO 20400 replaces an earlier British standard, while introducing broader provisions on human rights

EA announces major illegal waste operation with nationwide dawn raids

The EA’s coordinated raids carried out as part of Operation Cesium, signal its intent to proactively fight organised waste crime across the country

Small FITs sector faces further delay on review consultation

The small scale renewables sector is concerned an urgently needed review of the FITs scheme will be delayed by the general election, and has called for unused funds to be channelled into solar PV and wind

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