Maitland Green: Our Weekly Update – 9 February 2018

9th February 2018

Good morning,

Plastics continue to dominate headlines with the news that waste is ‘building up’ in the once pristine Arctic. As more and more retailers publish plans to reduce unnecessary plastic use, the issue has become “competitive” amongst businesses according to industry leaders. While UK ministers are reportedly examining the feasibility of adopting a Norwegian deposit-based recycling scheme to reduce plastic litter.

Energy & Clean Tech

In Westminster and the EU

Waste & Resources

In Westminster and the EU

Natural Environment

In Westminster and the EU

  • The Environmental Audit Committee have launched an inquiry into heatwaves. The inquiry will consider risks to health, wellbeing and productivity associated with heatwaves. It will also review the level of UK resilience to these risks before assessing the government’s actions to date. Submissions to the inquiry close on 14 March 2018.

Green Finance

In Westminster and the EU

  • The Environmental Audit Committee sought evidence from finance experts to hear how recommendations on climate-risk reporting could be implemented in the UK. Dr Ben Caldecott, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, Polly Billington, Director, UK100 and Diandra Soobiah, Head of Responsible Investment, NEST, were some of the witnesses who were called to give evidence.

Comment of the Week

What the saviour of London’s pigeons taught me about the problem with plastic – The Guardian, Michele Hanson

Michele Hanson reflects poignantly on the incredible patience and kindness of her former City Lit tutor who sought out, rescued and rehabilitated London pigeons who had become trapped by nylon thread. Hanson calls her tutor a “warning sign of the horrors to come… a pioneer, rescuing animals from the perils of man-made synthetic fibres half a century ago, showing what can happen if we make rubbish that lasts for ever. It kept her busy, day and night, before we had single-use coffee pods…Now we know that all the plastic we have ever made is still here.”