Current Consultations and Enquiries

CIWM likes to respond, as best it can, to all consultations therefore input from members is vital.  If you would like to submit a response to any consultation below please send your comments to the Technical Team on at least one week before the closing date of the consultation.

New consultations and closing date reminders are always posted on the Member Newsletter (previously known as News Online and is the weekly Technical Newsletter exclusive to CIWM members), this page shows the list of consolidated UK wide consultations that CIWM are aware of, however, CIWM will not necessarily be responding to every consultation in this list.

Responses to past consultations can be viewed using the links in the box on the right of this page.  If you require any further information please contact the Technical Team.

Current consultations awaiting response:

Defra: Air quality: draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 – closes 14 August 2018

This draft Clean Air Strategy outlines Defra’s ambitions relating to reducing air pollution in the round, making our air healthier to breathe, protecting nature and boosting the economy. In this draft strategy, Defra sets a clear direction for future air quality policies and goals. The strategy sits alongside three other important UK government strategies: Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan. 

The responses Defra receive now are important and will inform the final UK Clean Air Strategy and detailed National Air Pollution Control Programme to be published by March 2019.  Defra want to hear from all interested parties to help us shape our final strategy.  Click here for more details

Department for Transport: E10 petrol, consumer protection and fuel pump labelling – closes 16 August 2018
Seeking views on a range of issues related to renewable transport fuel supply in the UK.
Unleaded petrol in the UK contains up to 5% bioethanol, a grade known as E5. E10 petrol contains up to 10% bioethanol and is not yet available in the UK.
This consultation seeks feedback on:
proposals to ensure a continued supply of traditional E5 petrol for those motorists who will need it
a call for evidence on whether and how best to introduce E10 petrol
proposals to implement new fuel labelling as required by the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive
plans to change the consumer message that must accompany the sale of E10
Click here for more details.

Birmingham City Council: Clean Air Zones for Birmingham – 17 August 2018
"The Government expects Birmingham, and a number of other cities, to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) from January 2020. This doesn’t give us long, but it is still important that we follow the right steps and ask the right questions to ensure that we take the right actions and make the right changes.

We have been gathering and analysing a lot of information so we know how bad our air pollution is and how it is likely to be improved by a CAZ. This consultation is an opportunity for us to tell you what we have found out so far, and for you to tell us what you think and how you will be affected by the CAZ."  click here for more details.


Defra: Byelaws for Sites of Special Scientific Interest in England – closes 22 August 2018
Natural England is inviting views on its proposed approach to considering the use of its existing SSSI byelaw-making powers provided by Section 28R of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000). These byelaw-making powers are to be used specifically for the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (‘SSSIs’) in England. Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are notified by Natural England as part of its statutory functions and are specially protected by law in order to conserve their wildlife or geology. As part of its ongoing work to further its Conservation Strategy and deliver better and proportionate regulation to benefit the natural environment, Natural England is seeking to improve its capability to exercise its existing SSSI byelaw-making powers, where this might be considered an appropriate and necessary action. This will maximize the flexibility Natural England has to protect the special wildlife of these special and important places. The consultation proposals can be found here.

Scottish Government: Developing an Environment Strategy for Scotland: Discussion Paper – closes 24 August 2018
This discussion paper takes forward a commitment in the Scottish Government's 2017/18 Programme for Government to develop a strategic approach on environmental policy to protect and enhance our environment, safeguard natural capital and continue Scotland’s leading role in addressing environmental challenges.  

The Scottish Government are inviting responses to this discussion paper by 24 August 2018 in order to help to inform the development of an Environment Strategy, to be published in late 2018.

Defra: Consultation on the household waste duty of care – closes 27 August 2018
This further consultation document focuses on the proposal to introduce a new FPN for household Duty of Care offences related to fly-tipping.
Householders already have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure their waste is passed to an authorised person. Currently the only option for the regulator (usually the local authority in this case) to address breaches of the duty of care is to take the offender to court.

Joint Agencies Groundwater Directive Advisory Group (JAGDAG): Hazardous substances / non-hazardous pollutants consultation June 2018 – closes 4 September 2018
The Joint Agencies Groundwater Directive Advisory Group (JAGDAG) seek views on the determination of 35 substances. JAGDAG propose that these 35 substances be determined as non-hazardous pollutants. These interim determinations have been made following the ‘Methodology for the determination of hazardous substances for the purposes of the Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC)’.  Click here for more details.

BEIS: Widening eligibility for renewable electricity cost relief schemes – closes 7 September 2018
BEIS are seeking views on:
- whether there is evidence of potential competitive distortions as a result of the current eligibility threshold for the renewable electricity cost exemption schemes
- to what percentage should the current threshold of 20% electricity intensity be lowered – 17%, 15% or 10% - in order to address the distortions
- if the threshold is lowered, how to minimise the cost on non-eligible consumers.
The consultation also seeks views on related issues concerning:
- redistribution of money recovered from over-exempted EIIs
- improving operation of the exemption schemes

The consultation document is accompanied by an impact assessment setting out the bill and price impacts of the various options.

Click here for more details.

Scottish Government: A deposit return scheme for Scotland – closes 25 September 2018
The Scottish Government want to design a deposit return system that will work well for everyone in Scotland, providing increased recycling rates and quality of recycling, reductions in littering and business opportunities. We want a wide range of views as possible to help us design an effective system.

The responses to the consultation will help us to design an effective system. This will then go forward as regulations under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.  For the consultation documents click here.

Welsh Government: A low carbon pathway for Wales – closes 4 October 2018
We are required by law to reduce our emissions by at least 80% in 2050. This will require very significant changes to how we live and work. This consultation presents initial thoughts on how we might reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% between now and 2030.
Proposals include:
accelerate sustainable energy production and foster local ownership
improve opportunities for active travel and develop a comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles
setting higher energy efficiency standards for new building projects.

European Commission: Public consultation addressing the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation – closes 29 October 2018
This consultation builds upon the Commission's analysis of the Interface in the Communication published on 16th January 2018 and has the objective of assessing the reaction of stakeholders to the different options and questions posed in regard to the four main issues described in the Communication and accompanying Staff Working Document.
Click here for more details.



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