Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 18 August 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Environmental law undermined by Brexit ‘power grab’, warn Scottish and Welsh ministers (Holyrood, 17 August 2017)

Scotland and Wales coordinate opposition to Brexit “green” legislation (MercoPress, 17 August 2017)

European Union To Link Emissions Trading System With Switzerland (Clean Technica, 17 August 2017)

Scots and Welsh environment ministers meet over Brexit (BBC News, 17 August 2017)

Brexit bill ‘could hit green policies’ (The Press and Journal, 17 August 2017)

Michael Gove’s actions are simply not enough (BrightGreen, 16 August 2017)

How will Brexit affect the environment? Brexit means podcast (The Guardian, 16 August 2017)

Public overwhelmingly backs British farming amid Brexit uncertainty, survey suggests (Farminguk, 16 August 2017)

Government promises to maintain ‘high environmental standards’ in post-Brexit trade (BusinessGreen, 15 August 2017)

Are we heading for a ‘Green Brexit’? Who the hell knows (BusinessGreen, 14 August 2017)

David Miliband demands SECOND Brexit vote (not the right result first time Dave?) (Daily Express, 13 August 2017)

Abusive Brexit debate insults our intelligence (The Guardian, 13 August 2017)

“Dear Mr Gove…”: the Countryfile experts offer the Environment Secretary their advice in the build up to Brexit (The Radio Times, 13 August 2017)

David Miliband calls for second EU referendum and praises ‘valiant’ Philip Hammond The Telegraph, 13 August 2017)

Britons Should Be Given Second Brexit Vote, Says Former Foreign Minister (U.S.News, 12 August 2017)

Tory Brexit policy is chaotic: the fightback against this stitch-up must begin at once (the Guardian, 12 August 2017)

John McDonnell claims that Government’s EU exit plans are in chaos (The Herald, 10 August 2017)

The UK is now a world leader in one god-awful trade and it confirms our biggest fear about Brexit (The Canary, 10 August 2017)

The experts strike back! How economists are being proved right on Brexit (The Guardian, 10 August 2017)

UK govt close to publishing Brexit position papers – report (DigitalLook, 9 August 2017)

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Film Review: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power


Film Review - An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Film Review –
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

As I highlighted in an earlier post (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power), it has been more than a decade since the former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, helped to stimulate millions to start talking about the climate crisis with the release of his first film: An Inconvenient Truth.

On 11 August 2017, I was privileged to have the opportunity to attend a premiere screening of his second film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power prior to its UK General Release on 18 August 2017. You want to watch a trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel here

This opportunity was combined a pre-screening conversation to hear directly from Al Gore on his thoughts about the film, the Paris Agreement and the recent decision of the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

I have captured the essence of his conversation and my review of the film in a video with sub-titles that can be accessed here.

If you want to see this film, I suggest that like me, you attend the film with a non-environmental professional or a climate-change sceptic. Your appreciation of the film will be enhanced by the post-film discussions and you may be able to win another person over to the real challenges that lie ahead for mankind and our shared environment.

I welcome your comments on your viewing of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 11 August 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

UK to sign deal with Scottish government before repeal bill (The Guardian, 10 August 2017)

Brexit: Ministers warned not to treat repeal bill as ‘blank cheque’ (BBC News, 10 August 2017)

UK govt close to publishing Brexit position papers – report (DigitalLook, 9 August 2017)

Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI (CommunityNI, 9 August 2017)

Boris Johnson should be jailed over Brexit claims, says ex-David Davis aide (The Guardian, 9 August 2017)

Welsh Government must take the lead to ‘protect marine environments’ (ITV News, 9 August 2017)

Brexit Is A Catastrophe, Says David Davis’ Ex-Chief Of Staff James Chapman (HuffPost, 9 August 2017)

UK drifts closer to a Norway-style Brexit transition (Politico, 8 August 2017)

Flexibility essential for post-Brexit sustainability, says JLL UK (edie, 8 August 2017)

NFU Scotland wants ‘rational’ debate on future of GM food (The Scotsman, 8 August 2017)

The Guardian view on the judges and Brexit: ministers must come clean (The Guardian, 8 August 2017)

The Northern Irish border is a nightmare that could ultimately derail Brexit (BusinessInsiderUK, 8 August 2017)

UK judges need clarity after Brexit – Lord Neuberger (BBC News, 8 August 2017)

Is Brexit really happening? Some businesses don’t think so says cross-border report (The Irish News, 8 August 2017)

UK to seek transitional Brexit deal after call from farming coalition (FG Insight, 7 August 2017)

UK waste policy: Burning away recycling ambitions or ‘sleepwalking’ to capacity crisis? (edie.net, 7 August 2017)

SNP Minister insists Scotland’s GM crops ban must continue after Brexit (The Herald, 6 August 2017)

Brexit: Why ‘Project Fear’s’ Predictions Could Be Coming True After All (HuffPost, 5 August 2017)

Ian McConnell: Carry On meets Wile E Coyote as country heads towards that Brexit cliff edge (The Herald, 4 August 2017)

Boris Johnson And Michael Gove Should Be In Prison For Brexit ‘Lies’, Says Lord Sugar (HuffPost, 4 August 2017)

UK environment secretary endorses EU fishing access (Pan European Networks, 4 August 2017)

Business leaders demand end to cabinet Brexit “confusion” (The Herald, 4 August 2017)

We need to make a ‘Green Brexit’ work – Neil Parish MP column (Devon Live, 2 August 2017)

Job advertised for post at proposed watchdog to police post-Brexit trade (The Herald, 2 August 2017)

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Ukraine Law “On Commercial Heating and Water Accounting”


Ukraine Law On Commercial Heating and Water Accounting

Ukraine Law On Commercial Heating and Water Accounting

On 2 August 2017, the Government of Ukraine brought into force a law on commercial accounting of utility services where all buildings connected to centralized heating and water supply systems must install meters for thermal energy and water.

The new Law of Ukraine: Law “On Commercial Heat and Water Accounting” No. 2119VIII dated 22 June 2017 defines a procedure for equipping buildings with metering devices, their maintenance, replacement and accounting, the list of mandatory information for the generation of utility bills, the general procedure for access to metering devices, liability for non-compliance with the requirements of the law.

The Law is considered to be another step towards incentivising energy efficiency in Ukraine & has been developed in accordance with the EU/Ukraine Association Agreement and Ukraine’s Sustainable Development Strategy “Ukraine 2020”.

The major features of the Law are as follows:

  1. All buildings will be equipped with heating and water accounting units at the expense of the owners of the buildings. It is mandatory that newly constructed buildings to have accounting units installed otherwise they may not be commissioned.
  2. Existing buildings connected to external networks shall be equipped with such accounting units by respective external networks operators within the
    following periods:
  • for the heating supply – for a period of 1 year after the Law has come into effect; and,
  • for the water supply – for a period of 1 year after the Law has come into effect for non-residential buildings, and 2 years after the Law has come into effect for residential buildings.

External networks operator will be penalised for delays.

It should be noted that the installation of the individual metering units for each apartment / flat in multi-apartment building will be at the expense of its owners.

A further Order is anticipated to provide details on the technical feasibility and economic viability of installing individual metering units.

As a further movement towards sustainable energy use, the consumers’ bills will be supplemented with information and recommendation measures to enhance the energy efficiency of the building and information on the available state support programmes to increase energy efficiency.

Overall, the impact of this new Law should be taken in the context that the majority of apartment buildings in Ukraine are fed with their utilities at a building level. So the impact will be to give greater control for the residents to take control of their energy and water usage within the apartments and the building as a whole.

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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 4 August 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Countryside faces ‘damaging uncertainty’ (BBC News, 3 August 2017)

To Feed Ourselves Well after Brexit, We Need to Change the Economics of Farming (Resilience, 2 August 2017)

The truth about Brexit emerges (Capital&Conflict, 2 August 2017)

Thinktank sets out ‘once in a generation’ chance to improve UK farming policies (FarmingUK, 2 August 2017)

Our 60-year relationship with Euratom offers hard lessons for Brexit negotiators (The Guardian, 2 August 2017)

Brexit: Job advert reveals UK trade dispute plans (BBC News, 2 August 2017)

Post-Brexit Britain should phase out tariffs on food, says thinktank (The Guardian, 1 August 2017)

No wonder farmers fear the Brexit wolf in sheep’s clothing (The Guardian, 1 August 2017)

Pay farmers to protect environment, urges think tank (BusinessGreen, 1 August 2017)

UK and Welsh waste policy after Brexit (Cardiff University, 1 August 2017)

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s holiday – who’s in charge? (The Guardian, 30 July 2017)

‘Squabbling threatens the ongoing success of local agri-food sector (FarmingLife, 29 July 2017)

Kirsty Hughes: Philip Hammond’s Brexit transition deal could smooth path into the EU for indy Scotland (The National, 29 July 2017)

NIFDA holds Brexit discussions with Gov (FarmingLife, 29 July 2017)

UK farmers are addicted to subsidy, says government adviser (The Guardian, 29 July 2017)

Brexit likely to create a rise in UK megafarms (The Guardian, 28 July 2017)

The impact of Brexit on environmental policy in the UK (CarbonClear, 29 July 2017)

UK Environmental Policy After Brexit: How Will Recycling & Landfill Be Affected? (Integrated Skills, 28 July 2017)

Small farmers may lose out over Gove’s ‘Green Brexit’ plans, says Sir James Dyson (FarmingUK, 27 July 2017)

Richard Corbett: The British left should lead in resisting Brexit (LabourList, 27 July 2017) 

Defrosting Defra? Gove’s ‘unfrozen’ speech on green Brexit (Environment Analyst, 26 July 2017)

Plaid Cymru asks Westminster for three demands to ‘guarantee’ the future for rural Wales (FarmingUK, 26 July 2017)

Concerns over EU renewable energy investment for West of Scotland after Brexit (CommonSpace, 26 July 2017)

Gove and Fox must work together to prepare farmers for Brexit (ConservativeHome, 26 July 2017)

As a British EU negotiator, I can tell you that Brexit is going to be far worse than anyone could have guessed (Independent, 25 July 2017)

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Consultation: Water Supply and Sewerage Licensing – Updating Security and Emergency Measures Directions


Consultation - Security and Emergency Measures Direction

Consultation – Security and Emergency Measures Direction

A limited consultation (1 August – 29 August 2017) has been started for a revision to the Directions made by the Secretary of State (Defra) and the Welsh Ministers to Water and Sewerage Undertakers (Undertakers) and to Water Supply and/or sewerage licensees (Licensees) in the interests of national security or to mitigate the effects of a civil emergency.

View are sought on updating the Security and Emergency Measures (Water Undertakers) Directions to take into account the new Water Supply and/or Sewerage Licensees (WSSL) regime.

Currently, section 208 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (“WIA 91”), provides that the Secretary of State and the Welsh Ministers can issue general or specific Directions with two Directions published to-date:

The Security and Emergency Measures (Water and Sewerage Undertakers) Direction 1998 referred to as the SEMD Regulations, which directs undertakers to maintain plans to provide a supply of water at all times.

The Security and Emergency Measures (Water Undertakers) Direction 2006  which places a qualified duty on undertakers to provide a water supply to a licensed water supplier, where there is an access agreement in place, and the licensed water supplier requests the water undertaker to provide it with a supply of water in the event that the licensed water supplier is unable to provide a supply to its customers due to an emergency or security event.

In addition, company-specific Directions have been issued to a small number of companies who were, at time of issue, licensed water suppliers.

The current consultation is made based on recent changes to the water supply licensing regime arising from the Water Act 2014 & the need to ensure that the water sector continues to be properly protected against risks and threats to supply, where there may be future inputs of water into the supply systems of undertakers by licensees.

The consultation is designed to seek views from interested parties on two proposals, which is divided into two corresponding parts:

Part 1
A proposal to issue an updated version of the Security and Emergency Measures (Water Undertakers) Direction 2006 with the principal change to amend the terminology used in the 2006 Direction from ‘licensed water supplier’ to ‘water supply licensee’.

Part 2
A proposal to issue a new general direction which would apply to all water supply licensees meeting certain conditions, and which would replace earlier, specific directions issued to individual companies. The essential content of the new direction would be very similar to that of the individual directions.

Consultation comments are invited through an Online Survey here within the consultation period: 1 August – 29 August 2017.

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Brexit Briefing: Weekly Media Summary – 28 July 2017


Brexit Briefing - Weekly Summary

Brexit Briefing – Weekly Summary

This Friday’s edition of the Brexit Briefing is part of the series of posts to highlight articles published in the media covering Brexit from an environmental perspective.

The articles are presented in chronological order with the most recent articles first. They are not presented in any specific order of importance & are provided as a selected sample of news articles to promote understanding of the key environmental issues as they develop during the Brexit process.

The selected articles this week are:

Boris Johnson accused of Brexit ‘hornswoggle’ after insisting Britain won’t pay EU ‘divorce bill’ first (Independent, 27 July 2017)

Exclusive: EU threat to suspend Brexit talks unless Britain pays its divorce bill (The Telegraph, 27 July 2017)

Brexit chance to improve environment, NRW chief says (BBC, 27 July 2017)

Farming post-Brexit: the fate of agri-environment schemes (View from the Fence, 26 July 2017)

Brexit Counter-Revolution Still in Motion (CounterPunch, 26 July 2017)

Brexit ‘implementation phase’ would be in UK interest – Gove (Reuters, 26 July 2017)

Resurgence Talks: Craig Bennett – What Options for the Environment Post Brexit? (YouTube, 25 July 2017)

Michael Gove has become something of an eco-warrior. But is he all talk? (TheCanary, 25 July 2017)

Views aired on farming subsidies – Changes faced by the UK as it leaves the EU are set to be felt by businesses across the county’s agriculture industry (InCumbria, 25 July 2017)

Post-Brexit trade deals ‘threaten UK’s animal welfare standards’ (The Guardian, 25 July 2017)

Powers over agriculture should come straight to Wales, not sit in London after Brexit, says Lesley Griffiths (ITV News, 24 July 2017)

UK government tries to reassure Ulster farmers about post-Brexit subsidies (MercoNews, 24 July 2017)

Gove must follow through on talk of renewed waste plan (resource, 24 July 2017)

Could Michael Gove and Greg Clark become the eco-warriors the green economy has been waiting for? (BusinessGreen, 24 July 2017)

Brexit deal should not ‘drag on’ until after next election, says Liam Fox (The Guardian, 24 July 2017)

Post Brexit tranisitional period until 2022 ‘no big deal (The Scotsman, 23 July 2017)

Michael Gove sets outs reforms for post-Brexit farm subsidies which could pose threat to those in Scotland (The National, 22 July 2017)

Farming union labels Michael Gove’s vision for agriculture a ‘concern’ (FarmingUK, 22 July 2017)

Is there any such thing as a Green Brexit? (The New Economics Foundation, 21 July 2017)

Michael Gove’s green dream: like Brexit, the reality awaits (The Guardian, 21 July 2017)

Gove pledges to deliver a “green Brexit” (Adjacent Open Access, 21 July 2017)

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