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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (16 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: The evidence of health impacts from particulate matter (PM) is particularly strong and the Government is already taking action to reduce emissions of harmful PM. The UK has signed up to ambitious new targets to reduce emissions of PM2.5 as well as four other damaging pollutants (ammonia, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds and sulphur dioxide) by 2020 and 2030. The...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (14 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: There was no target to plant 11 million trees by 2015. The 2010 Conservative manifesto said “in addition to ongoing woodland creation, we will launch a national tree planting campaign, planting up to one million new trees in the next Parliament.” In the years from 2010-2015, it is estimated that through CAP funds, approximately 11 million trees were planted. The 2015 and 2017...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Heathrow Airport: Inland Waterways (14 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency (EA) has not yet made a detailed assessment of the effect of proposals to expand Heathrow Airport. Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) is currently working on its detailed proposal and once this is submitted the EA will assess it. The EA will be responding to the first phase of HAL’s public consultation which was launched on 17 January 2018. The EA will not be able to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Recycling: EU Action (9 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: The government is supportive of more recycling of materials and we are actively engaged in agreeing the proposals to support the Circular Economy across the EU. We are yet to receive the formal text of the outcome of the trilogue discussions and we will consider it carefully. There are several targets in the circular economy package of which the 65% recycling by weight target by 2035 is just...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Floods: Insurance (9 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: There are a small number of small businesses at high flood risk in recently flooded communities that struggle to access affordable insurance. A British Insurance Broker Association (BIBA) insurance product, launched in December 2016, provides flood insurance for small businesses that have struggled to access it to-date. It also provides insurance against the excess of a policy, which was...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Beaches (9 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: Studies have shown that the majority of waste plastic on beaches is made up of fragmented pieces which have been in the sea for a long time and broken down. Some of the plastic on English beaches will come from non-UK sources. The Environment Agency (EA) will work with Water Companies to improve collection of plastic in the sewerage network. The EA also works with local councils and other...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Exports (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: Businesses involved in the shipment of wastes are required to take all necessary steps to ensure that the waste they ship is managed in an environmentally sound manner throughout its shipment and during its recycling. The UK environmental regulators take an intelligence led approach to checking compliance with these obligations focussing on specific problematic wastes. Enforcement activity...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Domestic Waste: Recycling (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: Waste should be treated according to the waste hierarchy, which places prevention at the top as it offers the best outcome for the environment, followed by preparing for re-use, recycling, other recovery and then disposal. China’s decision underlines the need for progress in all these areas. We must reduce the amount of waste we produce overall and in particular the amount we export to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Domestic Waste: Recycling (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: We do not have recent estimates on the average amount of household waste that could be recycled. Data on waste arisings are not structured around the material composition of waste streams so we cannot provide detailed information on the amount of waste in the residual waste stream that could be recycled.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: ICT (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: I can confirm that we do not intend to run a specific tender for this system as we have recently run a competition for a Digital Development partner and we are about to commence Alpha build. As set out in the Secretary of State’s Ministerial Direction on 19 January, we are scheduled to commence building the new IT system in February 2018. The direction enables urgent spending in a small...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Chemicals: EU Law (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: Ministers have a specific responsibility, which Parliament has endorsed, to be careful not to release information that would undermine our negotiating position. We want to secure the best possible outcome for UK industry in upcoming negotiations – a partnership underpinned by high standards, a practical approach to regulation and the greatest possible access to European markets. We...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Leeds (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility is operated by Veolia ES Leeds Ltd and is regulated by the Environment Agency. The information submitted to the Environment Agency by Veolia ES Leeds Ltd does not show any export of plastic for landfill or incineration.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Companies: Standards (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: No companies missed their leakage targets for the financial years 2014/15 and 2015/16. Six companies missed their leakage targets in 2016/17. These were: Water company Performance commitment (Million litres per day) Actual performance (Million litres per day) Bristol Water 47 47.4 Essex and Suffolk Water 66.00 68.08 Portsmouth Water 29.95 30.37 Sutton and East Surrey...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Salmon (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: The 2014 assessment of salmon stocks showed the lowest population levels in our rivers nationally on record. In response to this ongoing decline, the Environment Agency has proposed new measures to reduce the exploitation of salmon by net fisheries. It is estimated that these measures affecting the drift net fisheries would enable 16,000 more salmon and sea trout to return to our rivers to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Livestock Industry: Fees and Charges (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: The Environment Agency’s analysis suggests that there should be no significant overall impact on the agriculture sector from the proposed new charges. The main drivers of food prices are commodity prices, exchange rates and oil prices, and there is no evidence to suggest that the Environment Agency’s charging proposals will affect these. The proposed charge increases amount to...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: January Agriculture and Fisheries Council (8 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: I represented the United Kingdom at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 29 January in Brussels. Council began with a presentation by the Bulgarian Presidency, outlining its work programme until the end of June. This set out that discussion on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be prioritised in Agriculture and Fisheries Council; regular updates on EU agricultural markets will...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste: Exports (7 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: Businesses involved in the shipment of wastes are required to take all necessary steps to ensure that the waste they ship is managed in an environmentally sound manner throughout its shipment and during its recycling. Exporters accredited to issue PERNs are required to provide suitable evidence that the sites to which they send waste are operating to standards broadly equivalent to those of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution: Monitoring (6 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: Our existing Particle Numbers and Concentrations Network measures characteristics of particles smaller than PM2.5 such as particle number and particle count and comprises a range of measurements across six different locations in the UK. Information on the network can be found on our website at: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/networks/network-info?view=parti cle This network is used to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Protection (6 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: The 25 Year Environment Plan is a strategic document with clear aims and ambitions to leave the environment in a better state for the next generation than we inherited. This is underpinned by a series of strategies that already have some specific targets in place, including statutory targets. Those strategies are also updated from time to time, and future updates will help ensure the plan...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Waste (5 Feb 2018)

Therese Coffey: We do not hold detailed information on the fate of total plastics waste. WRAP publishes data which shows that the main source of plastic waste arisings in the UK is packaging which accounted for around 60% of total plastics arisings in 2014. The current recycling rate for UK plastic packaging is around 40%. WRAP’s data is available online via the following link:...


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