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EU passes universal charger legislation

The European Parliament has today adopted new legislation which will introduce a common charger for small electronic devices.

By the end of 2024, USB type-C will be the standard charging po...

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Civil penalties for water companies could increase ten-fold

The Environment Secretary has announced proposals for the potential civil penalty for water companies who pollute the environment to increase from a current upper limit of £250,000 to £...

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Investment zones heavily criticised

A new scheme by the government creates investment zones where councils can make applications with "simplified planning rules".

The government are "encouraging councils to take full advantag...

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EPA calls for urgent measures to tackle packaging waste in Ireland

On 12 September 2022 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its latest figures on packaging waste in Ireland.

Ireland is meeting current EU recycling ta...

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EPA urges Ireland to move towards achieving health-based WHO air quality guidelines

On 20 September 2022 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its annual air quality report which shows that, while air quality in Ireland is generally good, there...

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Britain became a net exporter of electricity for three months of this year

According to a study by Imperial College London and Drax, Britain became a net exporter of electricity for the first time in more than a decade this year.

In the second quarter of the year,...

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Data shows domestic electricity consumption has decreased "substantially"

A government report about the UK's total consumption of electricity shows figures that were also seen during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Official data suggests total consumption was 63.6TWh in t...

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Building with Nature say green infrastructure should be considered "critical"

Developers and planners in the UK have been urged to value green infrastructure as critical because such sites deliver nature-based solutions that build climate resilience.

Building with Na...

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New legal requirements for quad bike operators in Ireland

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are raising awareness with farmers to make sure they are compliant with new legal requirements relating to operators of all-terrain veh...

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Firm fined £115,000 after worker's hand cut off in machine

A man whose hand was cut off while he was repairing a factory machine said his injuries are so bad he struggles to pick up his grandchild.

The man from Shopshire had his hand cut off at the...

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Campaign to combat serious aches, pains and strains in construction launched

Lifting and moving heavy objects on construction sites is harming the health of brick-layers and builders to such a degree that every aspect of their life is affected.

Experts at the

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Government to review Net Zero approach

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Secretary of State has commissioned an independent review of the Government’s approach to delivering...

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Planning restrictions to be eased by Government

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng delivered a mini-budget on 23 September, during which he announced that a new Bill will be introduced aiming to "unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions".

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Company directors fined for failing to control risks from vibration

Partners in construction firm Roywood Contractor of Tilford, Surrey, have been prosecuted for failing to adequately control the risk from vibration exposure to their employees when using vibrating...

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Fracking ban ended in England

The Government has announced that fracking will once again be allowed to take place in England.

It was originally banned in 2019 due to increasing concerns over tremors occurring near frack...

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