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Review for Environmental Audit Committee: Emissions projections in the 2006 climate change programme review

This briefing responds to a request from the Environmental Audit Committee. It examines the emissions forecasts (hereafter referred to as projections”) that informed the Climate Change Programme Review carried out between September 2004 and March 2006 (referred to here as the 2006 Review).

1 Dec 2006

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Reducing the reliance on landfill in England

Meeting the EU targets for reducing landfill will be a tough challenge but there is much that can still be done if action is taken now. Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill requires both new treatment plants and a greater use of recycling, and no one should be in any doubt of the scale of the challenge involved. The weight of evidence shows that disposing of biodegradable waste in landfill sites is harmful to the environment, and if we are to substantially reduce our reliance on landfill then there really is no time to waste?

26 Jul 2006

Briefing for Environmental Audit Committee – Regulatory impact assessments and sustainable development

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) recommended that the National Audit Office (NAO) carry out an analysis of recent Regulatory Impact Assessments (RIAs) to assess the extent to which they reflect a new requirement to consider environmental and social impacts. This briefing responds to the Committee’s request.

1 May 2006

Review for Environmental Audit Committee: Sustainable procurement in central government

This review summarises the extent of progress towards sustainable procurement in central government and describes the problems faced by departmental procurement officials in making further progress.

1 Sep 2005