Defra want to know what you think about proposed amendments to the environmental permitting fees and charges schemes including a general increase of 4.5%. Do you think the increase is justified to cover regulatory costs? Defra particularly want to hear from Local Authority Environmental Health regulators, operators and their trade associations.
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2. Persistent Organic Pollutants: draft Stockholm Convention UK implementation plan 2017 – closes 14 April 2017
Defra wants to know what you think about the proposed new actions in the updated national implementation plan. This plan sets out the progress made since 2013 in reducing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). It also proposes new actions for improving progress and implementing the requirements for new POPs that have been added.
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3. The Group’s 2017 conference
The Group’s 2017 conference will be held on Thursday October 5, at the Northampton Town’s football ground in Sixfields, Northampton. The event will focus on the sustainable management of food waste from the healthcare and hospitality sectors. It will feature speakers from WRAP, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Co-op, Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and Severn Trent Water. The event will be sponsored by Sharpsmart and Olleco.
4. EC consultation on antimicrobial resistance
The European Commission has launched a consultation asking which activities should be included in its new Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance. Responses, which should be submitted by 28 April, will help decide on which actions should be taken at EU level to seek to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobials, strengthen infection control and stimulate innovation into new treatments.
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5. European funding for bio-based industries – expressions of interest
This KTN, H2020 UK National Contact Points, SusChem and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) event is aimed at companies and research organisations that are interested in European Funding for Bio-based Industries (BBI) and who wish to work with European counterparts in collaborative research and innovation projects. The morning session will highlight information about the 2017 call for proposals from the BBI Joint Undertaking and the afternoon will be highly participative in support of consortia building and proposal development. Due to limited spaces the KTN is operating an Expression of Interest scheme for this event.
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