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This month’s Environmental Legislation sben event brought businesses together at The Moat House, Acton Trussell to learn about current and future environmental legislation. Run by the wonderful Amanda and Andrew of ESP, delegates were taken on a journey of legislative discovery – from recycling and waste management through to retained EU law, the event covered everything businesses needed to know about current legal obligations and how future legislation may impact their business.

Throughout the morning, delegates had an opportunity to engage in a number of workshops, the first of which was a recycling task, where delegates were asked to place household items into the correct waste receptacle. Although our team did particularly well, it was an eye opener hearing the complexity of rules and difference between out Staffordshire Districts schemes (And I did happen to overhear that there was a heated discussion on another table over polystyrene).

Following on from the workshop, delegates were introduced to the Carbon Border Adjustments Mechanism (CBAM) which is likely to effect businesses trading with the EU, particularly those who are emissions intensive. Our Energy Intensive Assessments could help businesses to get ahead of the curve in identifying energy saving measures thereby reducing their carbon liability before the scheme kicks in.

And an update on ESOS, which is currently moving into phase 4. The scheme helps businesses to meet the requirement for reporting energy saving initiatives and steps taken towards sustainable energy management and can be supported by utilising our free Growth Mapper and Carbon Tracker business tools.

Delegates were taken through possible upcoming changes to legislation around energy, waste, biodiversity, water, land, and chemicals with particular focus on the Extended Producer Responsibility and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) regulations. These regulations are likely to affect businesses that have high levels of packaging and waste recycling along with those whose furniture may have POPS requiring specific storage to avoid cross contamination.

Finally, delegates were told about plans for mandatory digital waste tracking that may come into force from April 2025. For businesses looking to start their tracking early, our Growth Mapper and Carbon Tracker can get you on your way to meeting those recording requirements.

Overall, the event was a brilliant success, with businesses coming away with an overview of current and upcoming legislation and an understanding of how they can be supported by sben as well as energy efficiency and saving schemes such as our Green Solutions scheme.

Keep an eye out for future events on our sben page to book on for the next legislative update and don’t forget to contact the team at sben@staffordshire.gov.uk to discuss any of the business tools or schemes mentioned here.

Article by Layla Jaabaq – Environmental Projects Officer