UK crackdown on illegal waste sites

  Rogue operators handling waste illegally will have to pay landfill tax. From 1st April 2018, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will be able to prosecute these illegal operators where necessary. They could face large fines and risk a sentence of up to seven years in prison. HMRC estimates there are currently around 600 illegal […]

World’s toughest law against plastic bags?

  A plastic bag ban, believed to be the toughest in the world, has come into force in Kenya. Those manufacturing, selling or even using them could face fines of up to $38,000 (£29,339) or be imprisoned for up to four years. Enforcement will however initially be directed at manufacturers and suppliers. While the government […]

Volkswagen pleads guilty, pays $4.3bn for emissions cheating

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a record $4.3 billion (£3.5bn) in fines to settle the diesel emissions cheating scandal. That includes $2.8 billion (£2.3bn) in criminal fines and $1.5 billion (£1.2bn) in civil penalties. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said Volkswagen used defeat devices to cheat on emissions tests mandated by […]

‘Time has run out for ESOS compliance’

Businesses that haven’t started their energy audits will “most certainly” miss the deadline which means they could end up paying thousands in fines. That’s the view of energy consultancy Inenco, which said it is not taking on any new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) compliance orders ahead of the 5th December deadline as “time has […]

Drax and Intergen fined for insulation fail

Power plant owners Drax and Intergen today agreed to pay millions of pounds in fines for failing to insulate consumer homes. They were meant to help a certain number of homes get energy saving measures by New Year’s Eve in 2012, under the Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP). Coal plant owner Drax is to pay £28 million […]

EU takes Ireland to court for failing to adapt renewable law

Ireland could face a daily penalty of €25,447.50 (£20,909) a day for failing to enact EU legislation on renewable energy. The European Commission said it is referring Ireland to the Court of Justice “for failing to fully transpose the Renewable Energy Directive”, which requires EU member states to generate 20% of energy from renewable sources […]

npower to pay £3.5m fine for mis-selling

Energy giant npower has been ordered to pay £3.5 million to “vulnerable customers” for breaching sales rules. Regulator Ofgem said the sales processes and information used by the Big Six firm meant customers were not able to make informed decisions about whether to switch suppliers. The breaches were made between 2010 and 2012 on the […]

Keep an eye on carbon reporting or face ‘hefty fines’

Companies have been warned they face ‘hefty fines’ if they don’t keep an eye on their new carbon reporting responsibilities. Carbon reporting specialist Inteb said companies that fail to comply with the law by miscalculating emissions or reporting late will be made to pay for their mistakes. From the start of this month all incorporated […]

New rules for energy suppliers to treat small businesses fairly

New standards of conduct that require energy suppliers to treat small businesses fairly have come into force this week. The rules are part of Ofgem’s reforms to provide firms with more protection in the energy market and apply to business customers that typically spend up to £10,000 a year on each fuel. Under the standards, […]

Ofgem given powers to tackle energy market manipulation

Energy regulator Ofgem has been given new powers to protect wholesale gas and electricity markets from abuse. The watchdog will now be able to access information, inspect premises and impose unlimited fines for those who break the law as part of the EU Regulation of Wholesale Energy Markets and Transparency (REMIT) and will come into […]