Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges (10 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: In total the charge has raised approximately £95 million from retailers since it was introduced in October 2015. The vast majority of the proceeds have been donated to a range of good causes covering the arts, education, environment, health, heritage and sports as well as local causes chosen by customers or staff.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Packaging (10 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government has made no plans to ban or limit the use of non-biodegradable plastic in the packaging of bread and other bakery products, though we have asked WRAP to consider this as part of the work for the UK plastic Pact. Packaging extends the shelf-life of bread, enables easy freezing and therefore supports action to reduce levels of bread waste in the home. Currently the shelf-life...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection (8 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we have a shared interest in protecting our environment and delivering a Green Brexit. The Government wants to make sure decisions that should be taken in devolved areas are taken in devolved areas. But in some areas there will need to be a UK approach in respect of powers returning from the EU. The Joint Ministerial Committee (EU...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Clean Air Zones: West Midlands (8 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: The Government assessed the impacts of charging in clean air zones on businesses nationally in the 2016 impact assessment. This did not look at the impacts on Birmingham or the West Midlands in isolation. The UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations is clear that local authorities must conduct feasibility studies with robust economic impact assessments, following the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (8 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: As usual, the 2016 air pollutant emissions corresponding to the UK National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) will be published in summer 2018. Likewise the 2017 air pollutant emissions data (2017 NAEI) will be published in summer 2019, all as part of our normal annual inventory update of the NAEI website. Similarly, the 2016 greenhouse gas emissions corresponding to the UK NAEI will...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Incinerators: Dudley (8 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: Amendments were made to change the emission limit value (ELV) for particulate matter which is measured on a periodic (twice yearly) basis to the same value as that of the half hourly ELV for particulate matter which is measured on a continuous basis. This was in line with the Waste Incineration Directive which was in force at the time and remains in line with the current requirements of the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Incinerators: Runcorn (8 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: The decision document states: “Whilst the [Environment] Agency is confident that current monitoring techniques will capture the fine particle fraction (PM2.5) for inclusion in a measurement of total particulate matter, a permit condition has been included that will require a full analysis of particle size distribution in the flue gas, and hence determine the ratio of fine to coarse...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: National Parks Authorities (4 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: The number of members of England’s national park authorities whose main address is given as being in (a) London, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) Merseyside, (d) West Yorkshire, (e) South Yorkshire, (f) West Midlands and (g) Greater Manchester is as follows: London 0 Tyne and Wear 0 Merseyside 0 West Yorkshire 1 South Yorkshire 3 Greater Manchester 1 This data has been...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Incinerators (4 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: In line with international reporting guidelines a number of different data sources are combined to calculate the emissions from waste incineration sites for the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory. These include emissions data from large waste installations reported under the Industrial Emissions Directive and European Pollution Release and Transfer Register and emissions calculated...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics (4 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: In our 25 Year Environment Plan the Government outlined a range of measures on how we will reduce the amount of plastic in circulation through reducing demand for single-use plastic. This included a commitment to removing all consumer single-use plastics from the central Government estate offices.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Incinerators (4 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: Tests to determine the size distribution of the particulate matter in exhaust gas are done by discontinuous (one-off) monitoring using equipment brought to the site especially for the test, rather than using the permanently installed continuous monitors which measure total particulate matter (TPM). Reports of testing to determine the size distribution of particulates in exhaust gases are...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Furniture: Formaldehyde (4 May 2018)
Therese Coffey: Six sites in the UK are engaged in the manufacture of particleboard and fibreboard. These sites are all currently compliant with the formaldehyde release limits set out in current published UK guidance. Following the publication in November 2015 of new EU guidance and emission limits under the EU Industrial Emission Directive, UK regulators are currently working with industry to ensure that...


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