Budget 2017: New study to assess freight congestion and pollution

Chancellor Philip Hammond has asked the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to study the future of freight and its effect on congestion and pollution. The announcement was made alongside the Budget this week, which included £540 million for EVs and charging infrastructure, a tax hike for diesel cars which will finance a new £220 million Clean […]

Budget 2017: Landfill tax for illegal dumping confirmed, £30m to tackle waste crime

The UK Government has confirmed legislation will be brought in to charge landfill tax on illegally deposited waste. Operators with illegal waste sites will be liable for the tax and those who continue to flout the rules will face “tough civil and criminal sanctions”. The announcement, which is part of Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget, follows […]

Budget 2017: Chancellor considers tax on single-use plastic items

  The UK Government is considering introducing a tax on single-use plastic items, including polystyrene takeaway boxes and bubble wrap. Chancellor Philip Hammond said he will work with Environment Secretary Michael Gove to investigate how the tax system and charges on single-use plastic items can reduce waste. A call for evidence is to be launched […]

Budget 2017: Hammond pledges £540m for EVs and charging infrastructure

  Philip Hammond has announced a £400 million fund for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure projects across the UK. As part of his 2017 Budget announcement, the Chancellor also pledged to invest an extra £100 million to help people buy EVs and £40 million will go towards charging research and development. He believes there is […]

Budget 2017: Chancellor pledges support for oil & gas, research & innovation

  Philip Hammond has pledged support for North Sea oil and gas as well as funding for innovative research and development. In his Spring Budget speech today, the Chancellor said he has heard calls from oil and gas producers as well as the Scottish Government to provide further support for the transfer of late-life assets. […]

India plans oil giant to take on global rivals

The Indian Government plans to form a giant national oil company. As part of the Budget 2017 announcement, the government said it would merge state-owned oil companies to take on global rivals. It is part of its plans to “enhance capacity of oil PSUs [Public Sector Undertakings] to bear higher risks, avail economies of scale, […]