Environment, energy, and industry

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

Review of Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain function

UK government consultation | Department for Transport

The review seeks views on: whether the functions carried out by traffic commissioners (TCs) are required; how effectively and efficiently TCs carry out their role and duties; whether the existing staffing and administration arrangements of Office of the Traffic Commissioner are effective or whether alternative arrangements are required; if additional functions and responsibilities should be added to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.


23:45 BST, 8 September 2021

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

Consultation on engagement with business and civil society groups

UK government consultation | Cabinet Office

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on how the Government should engage with business and civil society groups on implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) through the Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) and the Civil Society Forum (CSF). Issues covered by the TCA include: trade, energy, air transport, aviation safety, road transport, social security coordination, fisheries, law enforcement and judicial cooperation, and participation in Union Programmes. The consultation includes the following questions: how should the UK Government engage formally on TCA implementation issues through a domestic advisory group?; if a selection had to be made, what further criteria, additional to those set out in Article 14 of the TCA, could be prioritised to decide the members of the UK delegation to the Civil Society Forum?; and what role should the UK Government play in supporting interactions between UK and EU stakeholders on TCA implementation?


23:45 BST, 14 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

Local Nature Recovery Strategies: how to prepare and what to include

UK government consultation | Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

This consultation seeks views on preparing the Local Nature Recovery Strategies and what should be included. The strategies are a new system of maps and proposed actions for nature’s recovery. The Environment Bill will create a legal requirement for these to be created across England. Each strategy will: agree local priorities for helping nature and improving the wider environment; and map areas of current and potential importance for nature. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs will encourage public bodies, housing developers, land owners and others to use these maps and priorities.


23:45 GMT, 2 November 2021

Renewables Obligation (RO): addressing electricity supplier payment default under the RO scheme

UK government consultation | Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Ofgem

The Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme in England and Wales supports the generation of renewable electricity. It operates as a market-based mechanism through a system of tradable green certificates called Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). ROCs are issued to generators free of charge by the scheme administrator, Ofgem, in relation to the amount of renewable electricity they generate. Generators sell the ROCs to suppliers or traders. Electricity suppliers are under an obligation to obtain and present a certain number of ROCs to Ofgem, or instead make a fixed payment into a cash payment fund in lieu of each ROC. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of electricity suppliers exiting the retail market and defaulting on their obligation under the RO. This consultation seeks views on: the main options available for addressing it, through both legislation and the electricity supply licence. It qualitatively assesses the likely impacts of each; and the introduction of a fixed price certificate based scheme as a way of addressing supplier payment default.


23:45 GMT, 9 November 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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