Monthly Archives: February 2011

Will the 2011 Budget be green?


The Chancellor George Osborne is expected to deliver a new green growth strategy as part of his upcoming budget including increased green taxes and clear details on the operation of the proposed Green Investment Bank (GIB). All this heightened interest comes … Continue reading

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First Green Economy Council Meeting


The Government is moving forward on their Green Agenda with the first meeting of a group of high level business leaders appointed to the UK government’s new Green Economy Council was held this week  (16 February 2011). The Council will advise ministers … Continue reading

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Green Claims Guidance for Business


Defra has updated its Green Claims Guidance on how to make clear, accurate and substantiated environmental claims in marketing and advertising. The revised guidance builds on the earlier Green Claims Code and aims to reduce instances of “greenwashing” and other misleading environmental … Continue reading

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CONSULTATION: Modernisation of EU Public Procurement Policy


It is rewarding to see that the European Commission has, finally, published a Green Paper on the modernisation of EU Public Procurement Policy. It is, through this proposed law on public procurement law, that the Commission will influence procurement to ensure the most … Continue reading

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European Parliament Votes on Draft WEEE Directive


An important development in the drafting of the WEEE Directive this week (3 February 2011) has been that MEPs voted to approve changes by 580 votes in favour, 37 against and 22 abstentions. This means there will be a tightening of … Continue reading

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New edition of ISO/IEC 17201 published


I thought it would be good to update on the latest status of ISO / IEC 17021, which is the standard used for the accreditation of certification bodies. The second edition of the International Standard has been published by ISO today … Continue reading

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