Environment Agency issues £1m climate penalties

The Environment Agency (EA) imposed penalties totalling more than a million pounds for breaching climate change-related legislation over the past six months.

The figures, disclosed last week, were clarified and updated after the regulator admitted releasing mistaken data earlier in the month. This story replaces a previous article that summarised that incorrect data.

The bulk of the total is made up of a single penalty, one of the largest ever imposed for a breach of emissions trading law. Growth Power Ltd, established to operate combined heat and power plants for vegetable grower Yorkshire Grown Produce (YGP), failed to surrender sufficient EU emissions trading system (ETS) allowances by 30 April to cover its 2017 emissions, regulation 41 of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012. The EA ordered it to pay more than £608,000 in response.

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