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Government launches new scheme for technologies producing hydrogen from biomass

Government launches new scheme for technologies producing hydrogen from biomass

THE Government has this week (on Wednesday 12 January) launched a new programme to help develop innovative technologies to produce hydrogen, a clean energy source, from sustainable biomass and waste. Backed with £5 million in government funding, the new Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme will support the development of technologies to produce hydrogen generated via BECCS...

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Waste sector excluded from red diesel replacement competition

Waste sector excluded from red diesel replacement competition

THE 40 million red diesel replacement competition announced by the UK Government on 17 August aims to accelerate the commercialisation of low carbon red diesel alternatives, and in part recognises the challenges associated with the loss of exemption for red diesel. However, the competition is limited to the construction, mining and quarrying sectors with the...

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“Planning system reforms must support UK’s ‘green recovery’,” says ESA

“Planning system reforms must support UK’s ‘green recovery’,” says ESA

A NEW report released today (July 12, 2021) by the Environmental Services Association (ESA), Planning for a Green Economic Recovery, sets out the crucial role that planning reforms could play in supporting the future development of circular economy infrastructure in the UK. As set out in the Queen’s Speech, significant reforms of the UK’s planning...

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Government confirms Deposit Return Scheme in Queen’s speech

Government confirms Deposit Return Scheme in Queen’s speech

THE first dedicated Environment Bill for over 20 years has been placed firmly on the political agenda after a string of delays that has seen it drift for nearly three years. The bill, which includes a UK Government commitment to reducing plastic waste through tougher producer responsibilities for packaging and the introduction of a container...

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Workers rejoice as PM relaxes social distancing rules

Workers rejoice as PM relaxes social distancing rules

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has announced today (23 June) that from 4 July, England will enter a new phase in lockdown. Under the new, more relaxed restrictions called ‘one meter plus’, the public are advised to remain two meters apart wherever possible but will be allowed to be as close as one meter if using...

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British Safety Council slams PM’s ‘reckless’ message

British Safety Council slams PM’s ‘reckless’ message

FOLLOWING Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation last night, The British Safety Council has today demanded that no worker be forced back to their workplace until it has been made safe. The Government has indicated that more people should be going to work and last night the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said: “You...

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MP Rebecca Pow’s thank you letter to the waste industry

REBECCA POW, MP for Taunton Deane and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra, has written a public letter to the UK waste and recycling industry. In it, she thanks the sector workers for their dedication and commitment, insisting that the Government recognises that “your work is vital”. “As a country we are all facing...

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ESA weighs Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first Budget

ESA weighs Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first Budget

EARLIER today (Wednesday 11 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his first Budget to Parliament, announcing the government’s spending plans for the following financial year. Besides a £5bn emergency response fund to support the NHS in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak and drastic changes in subsidies for red diesel (Deisel used in off-road vehicles), the...

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New taskforce launched to tackle waste crime

New taskforce launched to tackle waste crime

A NEW taskforce dedicated to tackling serious and organised waste crime, such as dumping hazardous materials on private land and falsely labelling waste so it can be exported abroad to unsuspecting countries, was launched on Thurs, 16 January. The Joint Unit for Waste Crime (JUWC) will for the first time bring together law enforcement agencies,...

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New resource management organisation will provide a big voice for Scotland’s SMEs

New resource management organisation will provide a big voice for Scotland’s SMEs

A NEW body designed to give smaller operators a greater say within Scotland’s vital resource management sector has been launched at the Scottish Resources Conference 2019. Jointly, hundreds of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises throughout Scotland will now have a voice on priority issues and a representation to Government, its various agencies, the commercial sector...

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