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Freeths’ specialist Drinks, Hospitality and Leisure lawyers regularly advise the hospitality sector on legal challenges facing the industry and Freeths’ dedicated ESG & Sustainability teams regularly advise businesses on regulatory compliance and what they can do to be more sustainable in their day-to-day activities and implement their Sustainability policies. A recent report by consultancy Kearney […]

Earlier this year, the Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) published for consultation its draft guidance on the application of the UK competition law rules to environmental sustainability agreements. The CMA acknowledges that industry collaboration is likely to be necessary to meet the UK’s binding international commitments and legislative obligations to achieve a net zero economy […]

Sustainability and sustainability plans form a large part of the “E” part of ESG. However, the majority of businesses are still at the start of their ESG “journey” and are learning how to make sense of these requirements. So, firstly if your customers are demanding to be told your Net Zero Target and to see […]

The UK has met its first and second carbon budgets and is currently on track to meet its third carbon budget (2015-2022). The UK’s success in meeting its carbon budgets to date has largely been attributed to the spectacular decline of coal-powered generation – coal accounted for only 1.6% of the electricity mix in 2020 […]

We have picked out some recent headlines in the UK electric vehicle (EV) sector to bring you up to speed: 25/01/2021 It was reported that the chief executives of HGV manufacturers Daimler, Scania, MAN, Volvo, DAF, IVECO and Ford have signed a pledge to phase out the manufacturing of internal combustion engines by 2040. 26/01/2021 […]

In this article, we consider the application of hydrogen transport technologies, the status of UK policy and government support for hydrogen fuel and in particular its application in the road to net-zero, and the benefits and drawbacks of the use of hydrogen to power our vehicles. In addition to the application of hydrogen in heat, […]

Hydrogen is increasingly becoming a front-runner in the energy sector’s transition to net-zero. In this article we will provide a brief introduction to the key government initiatives relating to hydrogen contained in the Energy White Paper. We will also consider the application, benefits and drawbacks of hydrogen as a source of heat and power. What […]

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), in conjunction with their devolved counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland, had set a target on introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (the EWNI DRS) by 2023. DEFRA replied to the responses from the initial consultation on introducing the EWNI DRS […]

December 2020 to January 2021 was a busy period for the electric vehicle (EV) sector. Part I of this update covered December’s headlines. The following are the major sector headlines for January: 05/01/2021 Zap-Map released its annual EV charging network satisfaction rankings. The results, based on a sample of more than 1,500 Zap-Map users, show […]

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