2020 looks set to be a year of change. We will potentially have a new Government, with their own environmental agenda, and we will hopefully resolve the Brexit issue once and for all.
However, there are some things we do know are going to happen in 2020 with certainty. The publication of the revised Food and Drink Sector Best Available Techniques Reference (Bref) document – Best Available Techniques conclusions (BATC) – on 4 December 2019 starts the 4 year review process plus the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) requirements means that large organisations have to publish their carbon and energy consumption in their annual reports as of 1st April.
The Food and Drink Bref introduces new industries within the F&D sector and the requirement for an Environmental Management System with specific requirements relating to noise, odour and accidents. The introduction of a Total Nitrogen emission limit value for direct emissions to water will mean many operators will struggle to comply. The Environmental Regulators will be writing to all permitted F&D operators outlining the process for complying with the revised Bref within the 4 year period.
The SECR requirements apply to all large companies that met two of the following criteria:
Other Bref notes will potentially commence their review periods ahead of their revision, these include:
A potential change of UK government, may influence the progress of DEFRA’s Clean Air Strategy, the Water Abstraction reforms, the Environment Plan and Extended Producer Responsibility, but only time will tell.
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