frESH Law Horizons: Key Developments in UK and EU Environment Safety and Health Law Procedure and Policy

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    Our Environmental, Safety & Health team is pleased to share with you the latest edition of our monthly newsletter, frESH Law Horizons: Key Developments in UK & EU Environment, Safety and Health Law and Procedure; providing bite-size updates on EU and UK law, procedure and policy.

    This month’s edition includes the following:

    • The government has published a consultation on a proposed new Protect Duty closing 2 July 2021.
    • Retailer fined £7.56 million for selling food past its use-by date.
    • Suspended prison sentence imposed for breach of a reporting restrictions order in a criminal trial.
    • High Court entitles private prosecutor to recover expenses incurred prior to commencement of criminal proceedings from central funds.
    • New carbon targets announced.
    • Single-use carrier bag charge increase.
    • The government publishes response on standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics.
    • The EA has issued updated guidance and positions on various waste and permitting matters.
    • Use of “rogue trader” leads to enforcement against landowners. 
    • EU Commission proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
    • European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) commences study on chemical recycling.
    • ECHA identifies nearly 300 chemicals for regulatory action.
    • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issues guidance to applicants from the plastic sector, including on new transparency requirements.