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

May 2022
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.

The updates covered in this month’s edition include (among others):

  • Queen’s Speech 2022 – new Bills announced
  • Building Safety Act 2022 and ancillary regulations enacted
  • Delay to new rules restricting promotion of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products (but no delay in relation to placement provisions)
  • Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) updates guidance notes on non-compliance
  • Shortcomings identified in modern slavery statements
  • Financial Reporting Council (FRC) publishes new guidance on supply chain disclosure
  • Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) publishes first annual monitoring report on the environmental improvement plan
  • The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) publishes draft environmental principles policy statement
  • HM Treasury has launched the UK Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) to help firms transitioning to net zero and tackle greenwashing
  • HM Revenue & Customs publishes plastic packaging tax report
  • National Audit Office (NAO) report has now found that Health and Safety Executive will need another four years before it reaches full capacity to regulate chemicals post-Brexit
  • Fines have been issued for breaches of climate change emissions regulation
  • Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill (Ella’s Law) reintroduced to parliament
  • European Commission consults on the revision of waste rules
  • European Parliament wants to clarify the scope of the Machinery Regulation
  • European Parliament Committee wants to include waste incineration in more ambitious EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)