Sben (Staffordshire Business and Environment Network) has released its monthly legislative update for June 2020. Key messages
- European Union release guidelines for Waste Facility Inspections.
- Online Grocery Single-Use Shopping Bags Exempt from Charges due to the increase in online shopping.
- Variation to Schedule 2 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (England) Order 2020 which lists birds that may be killed or taken outside the close season, meaning to do so would not be an offence under section 1 of that Act.
- The Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 extends the deadlines by which applications for accreditation can be made for certain eligible installations.
- If your vehicle was due an MOT on or after the 30th March, your MOT certificate will be extended by another 6 months.
- The Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (England) Order 2020.
- The Ecodesign for Energy-related Products (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
The late 2019 outbreak of the Coronavirus has seen climate and environmental action stalled. Planned measures and legislation have been suspended or postponed, providing a profound setback in addressing air pollution and climate change such as the COP26 Glasgow UN climate change conference and the delaying of installing clean air zones in Birmingham. On the other hand, there has been some good news in the form of improved air quality such as the releasing of detailed plans the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to make the region Zero Carbon by 2041. For the full report, click here.