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Most companies are adhering to the harmonised classification of substances with carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) properties, according to the European Chemicals Agency.
It checked about 1,400 individual substances and 23 groups of substances with a harmonised CMR classification listed in annex VI of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation and found that around 97% adhered to the CLP.
The agency says 12 registrations will be referred to national enforcement authorities for follow-up because they are not in line with the requirements of the CLP. The Helsinki-based body has also published its REACH 2018 roadmap, which outlines its plans in the run-up to the final registration deadline.
Chemicals manufactured or imported in quantities of between one and 100 tonnes a year must be registered by 31 May 2018, and the agency expects a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises to register for the first time. “The REACH 2018 deadline may seem distant but I really urge companies to start preparing now,” said executive director Geert Dancet.
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Southern Water for thousands of illegal raw sewage discharges that polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, resulting in a record £90m fine.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.