Environment, energy, and industry

Links to the latest government, parliament and local government consultations relating to environment, energy, and industry.

Plastic waste

UK Parliament inquiry | Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, House of Commons

Despite growing awareness of the effects of plastic pollution, a large proportion of plastic waste is still not recycled, and the UK currently exports large quantities of plastic packaging overseas, where it may end up being managed unsustainably. The UK Government has set a target of eliminating all 'avoidable' plastic waste by 2042, with a shorter-term ambition to “work towards” only recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging being placed on the market by 2025. Measures they have announced include a plastic packaging tax, a deposit return scheme, and banning some single-use plastics, like straws. This inquiry scrutinises the level of the Government’s ambition, whether current measures on plastic waste go far enough, and how alternatives to plastic consumption can be identified and supported.


9 September 2021

Health and Safety Executive’s approach to asbestos management

UK Parliament inquiry | Work and Pensions Committee, House of Commons

This inquiry is looking at how the Health and Safety Executive manages the continued presence of asbestos in buildings. It will ask about the current risks posed by asbestos in the workplace, the groups of people who are most affected, and how well the current laws and regulations for the management of asbestos are working.


17 September 2021

National Resilience Strategy: Call for Evidence

UK government consultation | Cabinet Office 

This Call for Evidence seeks public views to inform the development of a new National Resilience Strategy that will outline an ambitious new vision for our national resilience. It seeks to understand current perceptions of risk and resilience, gather evidence on where improvements could be made, and gauge the UK’s appetite for change. Views are welcome from anyone with an interest in the subject.


23:59 BST, 27 September 2021

Consultation on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the agriculture and fisheries sectors, food supply, animal welfare, climate change and the environment

Welsh Parliament Inquiry | Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

 The Committee is undertaking a consultation on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the agriculture and fisheries sectors, food supply, animal welfare, climate change and the environment.

The Committee is eager to hear your views on the impact of the outbreak in Wales. The Committee will examine the response by the Welsh Government and relevant public bodies, as well as consider the impact on relevant sectors and professions. The Wales response in the wider UK context will also be considered.

Given current circumstances there is no fixed deadline by which to submit your views – we ask you to share them with us as soon as you are able so that we can follow things up in as timely a way as possible.

We do not expect detailed or lengthy evidence papers, a short email about your views on, and experiences of, the impact of the pandemic is enough, and we will get in touch with you directly if there’s anything we want to understand more fully.



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