8th April 2019

HMRC consultation on tax on energy-saving materials

HMRC is consulting on draft legislation that amends the scope of the reduced rate for energy-saving materials to ensure consistency with EU law.  Consultation closes 3rd May.

15th March 2019

Two DEFRA consultations

DEFRA is consulting on various proposals for a new business energy efficiency scheme focused on small and medium sized enterprises.  Consultation closes 8th May.


DEFRA is also consulting on a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) Balancing System to implement requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations. Consultation closes 15th April.

19th February 2019

Consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system

Producer responsibility for packaging in place since 1997. This has helped to drive recycling of packaging waste from 25%, 20 years ago to 64.7% in 2016. Over this period we have met all our UK and EU packaging waste recycling targets, and the cost of compliance to business has been kept low when compared to other EU Member States. However, like any system that is over 20 years old, it is in need of reform. Stakeholders have expressed concerns over the transparency of the system including how income from the sale of evidence has supported packaging waste recycling; that local authorities receive limited direct financial support for managing packaging waste; and that there is not a level playing field for domestic reprocessing.  Consultation closes 13th May.