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Conservatives' 25-year green plan: main points at a glance

Moves to cut plastic, create a new environmental watchdog and boost wildlife habitats are among the new measures

Plastic and other litter lines the shore of the Thames Estuary in Cliffe, Kent. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Published on The Guardian website on the 11th January 2018


Closing the plastic bag charge loophole

One of the most heavily trailed announcements is the end of an exemption for small shops from England’s 5p plastic bag charge. The loophole was an anomaly compared with similar schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was also imposed against the wishes of corner shop owners at the time, with three small business trade associations opposing being exempted on the grounds it would be confusing for customers. “Its abolition is long overdue,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the environmental audit committee of MPs. The change will affect 3.4bn bags handed out at about 200,000 stores each year.

Encouraging plastic-free supermarket aisles

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Hampshire wildlife trust welcomes government plan to protect environment

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 12th January 2018


THE organisation looking after the county’s wildlife has welcomed plans to protect the environment.

Debbie Tann, chief executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said she was pleased with some of the proposals in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

The plan was published yesterday following an announcement by prime minister Theresa May.

Ms Tann said: ‘The PM set out an ambitious vision and it’s encouraging to hear the government naming some of the environmental challenges facing us locally, nationally and indeed globally.

‘This includes plastic pollution, wildlife declines, climate change and increasing developments.

‘I’m particularly pleased to hear mention of embedding “environmental net gain” in new developments, which echoes what we at the Wildlife Trusts have set out in our nature-friendly housing vision.

‘If we are to have any hope of reversing wildlife declines this needs to become the new norm along with the creation of a nature recovery network of bigger, better and connected spaces for wildlife.’

The government’s plan aims to achieve long-term goals in six areas.

They include clean air, clean and plentiful water, thriving plants and wildlife, a reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards, using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently and enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the environment.

New electric vehicles for Hampshire County Council to slash fuel costs and save £200,000 a year

Cllr Mel Kendall and one of the new electric vehicles at Bar End, Winchester

Published on the Hampshire Chronicle website on the 5th January 2018

Story by Andrew Napier


HAMPSHIRE County Council has rolled out its first electric vehicles for staff use to help cut fuel and energy costs.

A new electric delivery van and pool car based at Bar End, Winchester, will cost 97 per cent less to ‘fuel’ than equivalent diesel vehicles.

The council is also reviewing which other vehicles in its 156 small vehicle fleet could be replaced with electrics – which could save £210,000 every year.

The council has already saved nearly £30 million in energy costs over the past seven years after cutting its carbon emissions by 38 per cent since 2010.

It has now set a more ambitious target to cut carbon from 40 per cent to 50 per cent by 2025.

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