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Global Environment Newsletter - Spring 2019 edition

30 May 2019

This edition covers the following topics:


  • Single-Use Plastics Directive Adopted by European Parliament:  A ban on most single-use plastics, and new requirements to make manufacturers fund the costs of waste management
  • New Renewable Energy Directive:  Establishes an EU-wide 32% renewables target, and contains a major package of measures to facilitate the sustainable development of renewable energy
  • Revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive:  New requirements for national strategies, and measures to encourage uptake of technologies


  • Climate Case Lodged Against Australia: Torres Strait Islanders claim infringement of human rights due to climate inaction


  • Flemish Asbestos Decree Approved In Parliament: New requirements to provide asbestos inventory for buildings and measures to prevent asbestos exposure


  • Phasing-out Coal:  Government publishes legislation to accelerate coal phase out, with compensation generally not provided


  • Environment Bill for the Post-Brexit Period:  Draft Bill provides for statute-based environmental principles, long term environmental improvement plans and a new environmental oversight body
  • Major Waste Management Proposals:  UK Government has launched consultations on reforming producer responsibilities, a deposit return scheme for drinks containers, and a plastic packaging tax


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