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Product footprints: a fundamental tool for business

In an era where environmental sustainability is no longer a choice but a necessity, understanding and managing the environmental impact of products has become key for businesses

Beyondly and CircularPSP – making circular economy happen across Europe

Beyondly and CircularPSP – making circular economy happen across Europe

In April 2024, Beyondly started working with digital product innovation partner Supercharge on Phase 1 of a research & development (R&D) project for the EU horizon, funded CircularPSP project.

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Beyondly sponsors Net Zero week – The UK’s Biggest Net Zero Conference!

The UK’s biggest net zero conference is back for the fourth year, taking place W/C 8th of July. Bringing together all the stakeholders needed to reach net zero by 2050, people who matter, who make changes, who invest, who make plans, who inspire, who solve big problems, who collaborate – how will you get involved?

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Supporting the Sustainable Plastic Policy Commission

Funded by Beyondly members, early March, Prof. Richard Lampitt who is part of the Ocean Bio Geosciences group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), alongside their plastic team, visited the House of Commons for the launch of the new UK Plastics Commission Report.

Beyondly’s Lead Consultant for Resource Efficiency and Circularity, Chris Smith, has achieved the TRUE Advisor Certificate

We are excited to announce that our zero-waste expert, Chris Smith, is now certified as a TRUE Advisor trained on the TRUE Rating System.

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Government have published a further two consultation responses for the Simpler Recycling scheme policy.

Last week the government published a further two consultation responses for the Simpler Recycling scheme policy.

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The Environment Agency has confirmed Beyondly’s full compliance with the WEEE Regulations for 2023

Beyondly is pleased to announce that our WEEE Declaration of Compliance has been accepted for the 2023 compliance period, maintaining our 100% record.

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Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging (pEPR) Draft Regulations published

On 1st of May 2024, the Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging and Packaging Waste) Regulations 2024 (commonly referred to as the 'Main pEPR Regulations) were notified to the European Union (EU) and World Trade Organisation.

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Are you prepared to submit your ESOS Action Plan?

5th of June 2024 is the Phase 3 deadline to achieve compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). This is an extended deadline due to recent changes made to the phase 3 compliance requirements (initial deadline, 5 December 2023).

2023 PRN Revenue Expenditure

A review of the expenditure of revenue generated through PRN’s in 2023.

Delay: Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers across the UK is delayed until October 2027

On 25th of April 2024, in a written ministerial statement the UK Government announced that the DRS for drinks containers due to be rolled out across the UK, has been delayed until October 2027.

Final 2024 WEEE collection targets confirmed

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has released the final household WEEE collection targets for the 2024 compliance year.

Agreement reached on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation in the EU.

The existing European Union (EU) Packaging and Packaging waste Directive was established in 1994 with the goal of harmonising national measures across EU member states for packaging waste and improve the environmental quality. This Directive will be repealed by the new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation.

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Update: Amends to the packaging EPR recycling labelling deadline

A future requirement of packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (pEPR) is that organisations must display a recycling label on primary and shipment packaging, with instructions on how to recycle it correctly. This is to inform consumers and help them make the correct choice when disposing of used packaging.

Q1 2024 Unverified Packaging Recycling Data Released

Earlier this week, on Monday 22nd April, the first set of unverified quarterly packaging recycling data for 2024 was released. This data outlines the total volume of packaging that has been reprocessed or exported in Q1

Q4 2023 Verified Packaging Recycling Data Released

Q4 2023 Verified Packaging Recycling Data Released

Last week, DEFRA released the final set of quarterly packaging recycling information for the 2023 compliance year. DEFRA also shared final recycling volumes for the year and how this measures up against final obligation, the data detailing how many PRNs that have been ‘carried in’ to 2024, to help the UK reach this year’s targets.

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Communication vs Implementation: Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

Sustainability is becoming a license to operate, therefore attention to ESG has become a non-negotiable for most businesses. However, while there is no hesitation for businesses to be increasingly vocal about their ambitious ESG journey, few are actually implementing policies to improve their environmental or social impact as they have communicated.

DEFRA publish proposed 2024 WEEE collection targets

DEFRA have published proposed WEEE collection targets for 2024 and are inviting input until 5pm on 8th March.

One week to go! WEEE consulation closes on the 7th March

Defra released a consultation and a call for evidence on December 28, 2023, about the amendment of The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013. The current WEEE regulations are being reformed by the government since they have been in effect for almost 18 years and have not significantly changed.

EU Parliament approves Green Claims Directive to enhance environmental accountability

Groundbreaking legislation sets standards for environmental claims in product marketing.

An Ocean Partnership with the National Oceanography Centre; Blue Carbon Project

In 2023, the partnership between Beyondly and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) began, two brands dedicated to protecting our ocean and support our natural world.

Extended Producer Responsibility - the perfect package

As seen in The Times, Beyondly share their expertise as an environmental compliance scheme and consultancy. "Brand-owners know what they want to do when it comes to being more sustaianable, but they struggle to ways to achieve it"

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Disposable vapes to be banned in England, Scotland, and Wales.

It was announced by the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, on the 19th of January 2024, disposable vapes are to be banned, to tackle the significant increase in the young population vaping and perceived negative health effects.

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Materiality Assessments: Making ESG Manageable

The range of factors that ESG covers is so broad and varied, it would be an impossible task for companies to cover all of them within their ESG strategy and reporting. It is important that businesses are concentrating their efforts on factors which are significant and material, not only to make the process more manageable, but also to ensure they are making the best impact possible.

Adaptation: How Businesses Should Prepare for an Uncertain Future

Businesses need to prepare for risks to supply chains, operations, and demand, though often don’t know where to start. The IEMA Climate Change Adaptation Report provides practical steps that businesses can take to prepare themselves for this complex unravelling future.

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Reforming the WEEE compliance system: a consultation and call for evidence published by Defra

On the 28th December 2023, Defra published and opened a consultation and a call for evidence on the reform of The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013.

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Environment Agency provide updated guidance to comply with ESOS

On 29th November, following a lengthy legislative process, the Environment Agency have provided updated guidance on the new requirements to comply with the energy savings opportunity scheme (ESOS) going forward.

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What happened at COP28 and why is it important?

The 28th annual Conference of the Parties (COP) has drawn to a close in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Our sustainability team has been keeping a close eye on the proceedings, while also bringing COP to the wider team at Beyondly by holding a mock COP28 style event in our office.

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Introduction to UK Energy Act 2023 and detailed ESOS updates

The Energy Act 2023 was written into UK legislation on 26th October 2023. The Act targeted a wide range of areas relevant to the energy sector, marking this as an important step towards creating an extended framework for the UK energy system that should help to enable the UK Government’s goal to reach net-zero by 2050.

Environmental, Social, Governance and Helping Businesses Walk the Talk

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has become a hot talking point with businesses quick to shout about their intentions around climate change and social justice, amidst pressure from investors, supply chain and customers.

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UK government consult on reporting Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions

On 19 October 2023, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero launched a Call for Evidence on: UK greenhouse gas emissions reporting: Scope 3 emissions, to get views on the costs, benefits, and practicalities of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions reporting in the UK.

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HMRC declare Plastic Packaging Tax rate increase in Autumn 2023 budget

Coming up to two years since the introduction of the UK Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT), HMRC have announced that the tax fee will increase for plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

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Research: Are WEEE Producers ready for eco-modulation and eco-design?

Beyondly conducts research ahead of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) reform to determine whether producers are ready for future implementation of eco-modulation and eco-design.

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Plastic Packaging Tax – How to check if your business is liable & avoid fines

Ensure compliance and gain confidence in navigating the plastic packaging tax responsibly. The next plastic packaging tax HMRC return deadline is 31 January 2024, so the time is now to check your data reporting method is compliant.

Beyondly bring COP28 to their stakeholders

With COP28 just around the corner, Beyondly are bring COP to their stakeholders, with the intent to raise awareness of important environmental issues and highlight the positive actions that people can take to reduce their own environmental impact.

Science Based targets Initiative update to the SME route – 1st November 2023

Science Based targets Initiative update to the SME route – 1st November 2023

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a framework which promotes best practice in emission reduction and net-zero targets in line with the latest climate science. Since its establishment in 2015, over 1,000 companies have joined this global initiative.

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Q3 2023 Unverified Packaging Data Release

This week (On 23rd October 2023), the Environment Agency published the unverified Q3 packaging recycling data. This data provides insight into the total volume of packaging that was either reprocessed or exported during Q3 2023.

Defra announce 'Simpler Recycling' plans

On the 21st of October 2023 Defra announced that they are making changes to household and business bin collections and becoming more stringent on unscrupulous waste carriers to boost recycling rates and ensure waste ends up where it’s supposed to be.

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Packaging EPR – Incentivising packaging recyclability through modulated fees!

Eco-modulation is an innovative environmental approach that involves incentivising or penalising businesses based on their choice of packaging materials, with the aim of encouraging environmentally responsible practices.

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Bans and restrictions come into force in England for additional single-use plastics

On Sunday 1 October, new bans and restrictions came into force for a range of polluting single use plastic items.

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EPR consultation launched on the draft Main EPR Regulations – have your say!

Defra have launched a consultation to gather views on how the approach set out in the Government’s consultation response of March 2022 has been reflected in these draft Main EPR Regulations

Beyond the hype: anti-greenwash legislation and consumer awareness are catalysts for good

Here, we shine a light on how businesses can positively impact consumer choices as they strive to reduce their environmental impact.

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New CPD accredited training workshop – Power your business beyond waste & prepare for the circular economy

Beyondly has launched a new CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited training offering to support businesses who are looking to contribute to a circular economy

Can the UK achieve Net Zero by 2050?

In 2019 the UK became the first major economy to commit to becoming net zero by 2050, however, now 4 years on, we’re not on track to achieve this!

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Plastic Packaging Tax consultation launched on chemical recycling and adopting a mass balance approach- have your say!

HMRC have launched a consultation to determine whether businesses should be allowed to use the mass balance approach for calculating recycled content in chemically recycled plastic.

Main EPR Regulations deferred until 2025 and consultation launched!

DEFRA announced the ‘Main EPR Regulations’ have been deferred, this being the only regulatory way to delay the EPR waste management fee aspect of EPR implementation.

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Q2 2023 Unverified Packaging Data Release

The release of the second set of unverified quarterly packaging recycling data has now been published by the Environment Agency (22nd July).

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EU Digital Product Passport for Batteries set to be introduced from 1st January 2026

Product passports will enable sharing of key product information essential for product sustainability and circularity.