A brief budget version of ‘Talking Dirty’ to review what was included in George Osborne’s budget speech yesterday that could impact the businesses in the waste and environmental sectors:
- Tidal Lagoon – is the world’s first ‘man-made’ tidal lagoon which generate power potentially on the basis of a guaranteed price by capturing the power of the incoming and outgoing tides and using the weight of the water to power turbines ‘pie in the sky’? (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-31927779);
- Environmental Crime – a one-off fund of £4.2M will be made available to the Environment Agency to tackle serious waste crime in England and Wales. This is being funded by a change in the cap on contributions by operators to the Landfill Communities Fund up from 5.1% to 5.7%. A package of reforms for the Fund is being considered by the Government with a view to accelerating spending on community and environmental projects in the vicinity of the landfill sites which contribute to it;
- Pitcairn Islands – whilst not mentioned in the speech, the published budget confirms that the ocean around Pitcairn will be designated as a Marine Protected Area extending over 834,000 square kilometres and expected to include a ban on commercial fishing to protect the rare species of fish, coral and algae.
I’ll be back with a non-budget blog post again soon!