DECC folded into DBEIS
With the recent Cabinet changes, we have also seen a change in government departments, with DECC (Department for Energy & Climate Change) closed and much of its remit transferred to the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Greg Clark heads up the new department, with Nick Hurd confirmed as climate minister. Andrea Leadsom becomes the new environment secretary at the Defra.
Right Waste Right Place
How do you store your waste? How is it disposed of? Do you keep good records? You need to under Duty of Care legislation for waste, but apparently 56% of UK businesses are not complying with the law.
The Right Waste, Right Place campaign has been launched to help smaller businesses understand their legal obligations – especially important as 94% of non-compliant organisations are SMEs. Click here for a simple guide to your Duty of Care responsibilities.
In April 2017 the water industry is being deregulated in England and Wales. So, as with electricity and gas supply, businesses will be able to choose their own water provider. By having a choice of provider, it is expected that customers will see savings, discounts and more attractive payment terms, plus providers are likely to help you improve water efficiency.
What should you do now? See my blog for advice on deregulation and water efficiency in your business.
37% emissions reduction target
Despite the country’s vote to leave the EU, we are still included in binding proposals to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The UK has set a 37% emissions reduction target up to 2030.
Non-Financial Reporting Directive
It is common for large companies to include wider information in annual reports, but it will soon be a legal requirement for some under the EU’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive. This will apply to large undertakings that are Public Interest Entities (PIEs) with an average of 500 employees and in certain sectors, such as finance and insurance.
It has not yet been put into UK legislation (but should be by 2017) so the exact requirements are not yet known. However it will cover amongst others, environmental matters.