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On Environment: Head’s Up – Two Big Developments & Two Items to Keep Top of Mind in UK Environmental Policy

Jessica Sarnowski

This blog post provides a head's up on environmental policy developments in the United Kingdom for 2019. 

Amidst the uncertainty of last week’s vote regarding the Brexit deal, you might get the impression that action is now at a standstill in the UK. However, in the field of environmental policy, quite the opposite is taking place. Indeed, there are big happenings occurring that may change the course and overarching policy of how the UK handles environmental regulation.

Head’s up: if you are in the UK, you should be aware of two developments in environmental policy:

1) The Clean Air Strategy, notably focusing on reducing particulate matter exposure based on the World Health Organization guidelines (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-world-leading-plan-to-tackle-air-pollution

2) The Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill, which at this point in time is in draft form (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-environment-principles-and-governance-bill-2018). For those interested in how Brexit will effect environmental policy in the UK, stay informed on this bill.

And…if your company works with chemicals or is engaged in emissions trading, you should keep your eye on the following:

1) REACH guidance if there’s no deal (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulating-chemicals-reach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/regulating-chemicals-reach-if-theres-no-brexit-deal)

2) EU-ETS participation (https://ec.europa.eu/clima/news/commission-decides-forthcoming-suspension-uk-related-processes-union-registry-eu-ets-and_en)

Resources to learn more:

 
As always, when big shifts in policy occur, it is wise to find experts in the field to consult with. Learn how changes can affect your business practices and be prepared!

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On Environment is a twice monthly post by Jessica Sarnowski, Intelex’s Global Compliance Content Lead.

Author Bio:

As Intelex’s Global Compliance Content Lead, EHSQ Content Strategy, Jessica drives overall content strategy, with a particular focus on overseeing the delivery of high-quality compliance content within the EHSQ Alliance.

Responsible for identifying and cultivating valuable compliance content for EHSQ professionals, Jessica fosters engagement in the EHSQ Alliance by working with experts in the field. 

Jessica has over 10 years of public and private sector experience in environmental policy and law. Jessica received her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School and Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law from The George Washington University Law School. You can follow Jessica on LinkedIn by clicking HERE.

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January 22, 2019 @ 10:02 AM EST Environment

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