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

May 2021
Region: Europe

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:

  • Fire Safety Act 2021 receives Royal Assent.
  • Metro operator fined £1.5 million after a worker was electrocuted on high-voltage overhead cables.
  • Government advisory group recommends default flexible working policies post-pandemic.
  • Environmental lawyer found in contempt by the Supreme Court.
  • Rail company fined £700,000 after a fire broke out at a substation in Kent.
  • UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UKETS) auction launches, with carbon prices higher than in the EU.
  • High Court judgment on an environmental warranty claim.
  • The Environment Bill returned to Parliament on 26 May.
  • Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) consults on draft guidance for businesses about “green” claims.
  • Dutch court orders Shell to reduce its CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030.
  • Thames Water fined £4 million for sewage pollution. 
  • Scientists write a letter to UK ministers about chemical data requirements under UK REACH.
  • Young people challenge government on climate policies.
  • European Commission starts revision of the REACH and CLP Regulations.
  • European Commission adopts the Zero Pollution Action Plan. 
  • European Commission issues draft rules on the separate collection of single-use plastic beverage bottles. 
  • European Parliament demands that the EU strengthens its rules on companies’ environmental liability.