MPs concerned about increasing Brexit-related work for Defra

Environment Secretary Michael Gove told the Environmental Audit Committee longer term work streams for his department could increase from 43 to 70 triggered by Brexit

MPs launch inquiry into changing climate in Arctic

The Environmental Audit Committee will assess how the Arctic is changing and what the UK Government has achieved through its policy framework set out in 2013

UK Government ‘dragging its feet’ over bottle deposit scheme

The UK Government is “dragging its feet” on introducing a deposit scheme for plastic bottles. The comment from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) comes as it believes the government “has not adequately acted upon, or responded to” its recommendations on deposit return schemes and producer responsibility obligations to cut down on plastic waste. Under the […]

Ministry of Justice ‘failing to meet unambitious green targets’

The Ministry of Justice has failed to meet its own “unambitious” environmental targets in a number of key areas. That includes carbon targets, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certification and ultra-low emissions vehicles, according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). In a damning report, the EAC states it found “significant gaps and weaknesses” […]

MPs launch inquiry into government’s 25-year environment plan

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched an inquiry into the government’s 25-year plan for the environment. It will examine the key decisions around the plan’s overall ambition and approach, which was unveiled by Prime Minister Theresa May last month. It included a commitment to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 and set up a […]

UK ‘needs a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles’

The UK needs to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles to boost the recycling rate to 90%. That’s according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which has called on the government to implement a number of measures to reduce waste. Other suggestions include making it a legal requirement to provide free drinking water […]

MPs launch new inquiry into green finance

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched a new inquiry into green finance. It will scrutinise the government’s strategy to develop “world leading green finance capabilities” and is interested in how investment in longer term sustainable development can be incentivised across the economy. The inquiry will examine a number of areas, including the measures set […]

One third of VW cars affected by emissions scandal ‘still not fixed’

A third of cars manufactured by Volkswagen with defeat devices have not been fixed yet. New figures revealed by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) suggest the car manufacturer has fixed only two-thirds of the cars that were affected by the emissions scandal. The Committee found the number of fixes to Volkswagen manufactured cars has fallen […]

MPs relaunch inquiry into plastic bottles recycling

  The Environmental Audit Committee is relaunching its predecessor’s inquiry into disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles. The new inquiry will look into the viability of deposit schemes and taxes as ways to reduce impact of plastic waste on the environment. It also aims to examine if charges should be put on the use of […]

Government ‘not working domestically to deliver sustainable development goals’

The UK Government seems more concerned with promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals abroad than working with businesses domestically to meet the targets. That’s according to a group of MPs, who believe the government’s “doughnut-shaped approach” – which is to see the goals as something for the UK to help other countries do, rather than […]