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

November 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:

  • Logistics company fined for exposing staff to asbestos.
  • Two companies fined after worker is crushed.
  • Public owner of residential flats could be liable for up to £20 million in fire remediation costs.
  • UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA): Government shows flexibility on product marking rules.
  • Bill of Rights will resume its passage through Parliament.
  • Energy company receives fine for anti-bribery and corruption offences.
  • The concept of "piercing the corporate veil" not relevant to individuals sentenced for conniving in the commission of a corporate offence.
  • Individuals under investigation should be anonymised in the sentencing of a company.
  • Environment Agency (EA) enforcement undertakings and civil sanctions update.
  • The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) delays publication of new targets under Environment Act 2021.
  • Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill passes through the House of Lords committee stage.
  • DEFRA releases guidance on restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) exemptions.
  • EA published 2021 data on regulated businesses in England.
  • UK Environment Secretary’s ambition for UK to end plastic pollution by 2040.
  • DEFRA announces 3 year extension to UK REACH deadlines for transitional registrations.
  • HSE approves first chemical authorisation application wholly made under UK REACH.
  • Key outcomes of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh.
  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report on plastic waste proposes ban on export.
  • DEFRA publishes legislation for data submission requirements under extended producer responsibility (EPR) reforms.
  • Government requests information as it considers listings and exemptions for three chemical substances proposed as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
  • Two national investigations opened into potential water industry permit breaches.
  • Climate task forces publish disclosure frameworks for consultation.
  • Impact assessment for the "Brexit Freedoms Bill" is “not fit for purpose”, and government provides details of retained EU law dashboard.
  • Recommendations for net-zero commitments published by the United Nations (“UN”) in report.
  • European Parliament votes to adopt proposal for Directive on Corporate Sustainability Reporting.
  • ECHA launches enforcement project on imported substances.
  • EU Court annuls Commission’s classification and labelling of titanium dioxide as a carcinogenic.
  • Revised Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) leaked from the Commission (again).
  • Commission’s framework for bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics.

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