13th March 2018

Consultation on use of tax to reduce single use plastic waste.

HM Treasury is consulting on using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste. Consultation closes 18th May.

The government wishes to explore how changes to the tax system or charges could be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics by reducing unnecessary production, increasing reuse and improving recycling. It would also like to explore how innovation in this area can be driven to achieve the same outcomes. All options will be considered for using the tax system to address single-use plastic waste and to drive innovation. The consultation covers the whole supply chain, from production and retail to consumption and disposal.

20th February 2018

EU consultation on ecodesign and energy labelling

The European Commission is consulting on ecodesign and energy labelling on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, televisions, computers and lamps.  Consultation closes 7th May.

8th February 2018

Consultation on guidance for offshore decommissioning

DEFRA is consulting on proposed updates to guidance on decommissioning for developers of offshore renewable energy installations. Consultation closes 2nd March.