BIVDA held our spring Environmental Working Party on 23 March and it was held virtually.
Its almost 6 months since the last meeting due to Christmas and COVID. Neil Plumridge, the Chair introduced the group to Stuart Cranmer who will be taking the role of Vice-Chair. Stuart has been in the industry for a long while, and is semi-retired, and thankfully we get to utilise his experience and involvement. Whilst not an expert in the field, he will be able to really assist with driving this group and developing the agendas with the members over time.
Ashleigh and Neil updated the group on the requirements for consultations and surveys and some of the ongoing activities and discussed the best way to get response from members as we get very little feedback. Members indicated email requests were preferable.
The meeting had key updates relating to the UK, in terms of plastic tax, CMA, producer responsibility and notifications of unsafe and non-compliant products, UKCA, ROHS and REACH were given as well as an update on UK HSE and PFAS.
Updates were also given on EU, US and India. A full update on European issues will be provided at the next meeting.
Some questions were asked using Mentimeter around Sustainability tracking systems and agenda items that members would like to see.
• What issues/challenges are you seeing with changing UK Chemicals Regulation?
• What issues / challenges are you seeing with changing UK Environmental legislation?
• What issues / challenges are you seeing with changing EU chemicals Regulations?
• What issues / challenges are you seeing with changing EU Environmental legislation?
• What can we (the working party) do? What could BIVDA do?
Notes and the recording will be issued in due course, in the meantime if you have any feedback or ideas for topics and speakers, please contact BIVDA.
Finally, members were informed about the 30th Anniversary Working Party Seminar, MGM and celebratory dinner which will be held on Wednesday 12th October at the Belfry in Birmingham. This event will be free for all members to attend and members can register on our EventBrite page.