New Defra strategy

Defra’s ambitious 25-year plan to save the planet was launched last year (AMDEA attended the event). Essentially Defra want to move the UK towards a more circular economy (just like the rest of the EU). They have several proposals for how to do this. However, unlike the EU’s Circular Economy package, Defra’s proposals seem to concentrate more on reducing waste[...]

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Ecolabel

The voluntary EU Ecolabel has not been as effective or as popular as its proponents had hoped. There has been a recent review which looked at market context, including sector-specific consumers’ attitudes to “green” products; which product groups were already covered by the Ecolabel or other similar schemes; and the scope for the label to help in the promotion of[...]

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Trade

As of 1 February 2019 the UK is part of the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. This is the largest agreement that the EU has ever negotiated. Japan is the world’s fourth largest economy with a population of 127 million. It is the third largest consumer market in the world. When the UK leaves the EU, we will also leave[...]

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Brexit law

The Möbius loop that is Brexit continues with no imminent prospect of any resolution. There has been an acceleration in the pace of activity in government departments, but the level of clarity is in inverse proportion to the speed. As 29 March looms ever closer this is of increasing concern. BEIS and other government departments now seem fully focused on[...]

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