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Defra, the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency have announced a ban on refrigerants with a global warming potential (GWP) greater than 2500, effective from 1st January 2020. Commonly used refrigerants subject to the ban include, but are not limited to, R404A and R507A. Although the ‘fresh’ use of these refrigerants will be banned from 2020, the use of reclaimed, or recycled, variants will be exempt until 2030. Members are advised to check their systems for the affected […]

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Using and trading in fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances if there’s no Brexit deal Following new guidance published in December, the new system to which businesses should register to receive Fluorinated gas (F gas) and Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) quota is now live. In the event of no deal, new UK regulations, as specified in the guidance, will apply from 29 March 2019. These new regulations will transfer most of the requirements of the EU regulations into UK law. […]

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Government have signalled its continued focus on tackling emissions from on vehicle equipment like temperature regulation units in the final version of the Clean Air Strategy published this week (read it here) The Strategy is the latest signal of plans to act in this area – last year government consulted on whether to remove opportunity to use red diesel for all non-agricultural or domestic uses. FSDF set out our concerns clearly in writing and in face to face meetings with […]

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Following recent meetings at Downing Street, Department for Transport and HM Treasury, FSDF CEO Shane Brennan, led a delegation of industry leaders in a meeting with Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  The meeting forms part of ongoing work to prepare for managing food imports and exports in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The meeting followed publication by the EU Commission of clarification that it expects to certify the UK as a ‘third […]

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Using and trading in fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances if there’s no Brexit deal. Following our Technical Notice published in September, we have developed more detailed guidance for businesses on what to do if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. View the additional guidance at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fluorinated-gases-and-ozone-depleting-substances-how-to-do-business-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal In the unlikely event of no deal, new UK regulations will apply from 29 March 2019. These new regulations will transfer most of the requirements of the EU regulations into UK […]

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Increased food prices and a slowdown in investment in innovative technologies will be the result if Government presses ahead with proposals to remove food distributors’ prerogative to use red diesel to power refrigeration on vehicles. That is the warning of the Food Storage and Distribution Federation, which has written to Environment Secretary Michael Gove. The proposals, which are subject to consultation by the Treasury, form part of the Clean Air Strategy that sets objectives for reducing levels of air pollution. […]

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DEFRA have published the 2017 revision of PAS 96 today and it is now available to download free of charge from the FSA website (see the link below).   It is intended that this revision can be used by food businesses to assess vulnerability to fraud, cyber-crime, ideologically motivated individuals and other ‘insider’ threats and assist in raising awareness of the increased cyber threats.  It is our hope that it can be adapted by food businesses of all sizes and at […]

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DEFRA and the Scottish Government have opened consultation on introducing civil penalties for F-gas violations. The plan to amend the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 next year was revealed on 26 October. It also extends to offshore installations. The measure is being considered “to address concerns about whether the current penalty system provides sufficient deterrence against non-compliance” according to the consultation paper. Enforcement notices, the customary enforcement option, carry no direct financial burden and there is little likelihood of cases being […]

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The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), along with the Department for Transport (DfT), announced its plan to help reduce roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Clean air is one of the most basic requirements for us to live and work in.  Part of the plan includes 3 new consultations from DfT on higher road safety, operator safety and environmental standards for vehicles. Two of the consultations include proposals to give DVSA’s market surveillance unit more power to fine manufacturers who […]

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Long-awaited government plans to “grow more, buy more and sell more British food” are unlikely to be revealed before summer – and perhaps not until autumn. The 25-year strategy for food and farming is unlikely to be published before the EU referendum on 23 June, said Defra food and farming director Sarah Church. Ms Church was speaking to industry leaders and commentators at a Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum event on Tuesday (22 March). Admitting that Defra had hoped to […]

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