Environmental law news podcast  – July 2021

Environmental law news podcast  – July 2021

Welcome back to the LexisPSL Environment News podcast. Following the pandemic induced hiatus to the podcast series, Chris Badger and Mark Davies of 6 Pump Court are back throwing a spotlight on key environmental law news stories. In this July 2021 update, they take us through:

  • the climate change litigation judgment of the Dutch Court in Milieudefensie et al v Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • the Environment Agency’s National Crime Survey results
  • the meaning of waste case looking at ‘fluff’ in Customs and Excise Commissioners v Devon Waste Management Ltd; Customs and Excise Commissioners v Biffa Waste Services Ltd [2021] All ER (D) 86 (Apr)

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Climate change litigation judgment of the Dutch Court in Milieudefensie et al v Royal Dutch Shell plc – listen from 0.38 mins

In the first part of the podcast, Chris and Mark discuss the most recent judgment in the Dutch climate change litigation case against Royal Dutch Shell (RDS). They provide insights into the use of the Dutch private law to extend the principle that the State has a positive duty under human rights law to act against climate change to RDS and consider what this means for other companies.

Environment Agency’s National Crime Survey results – listen from 4.17 mins

In this part of the podcast, Mark and Chris take us through the Environment Agency National Crime Survey results, assessing the impact of waste crime on the waste industry, landowners, farmers and associated sectors. They explain how the intention of the Survey and report is to see how regulation can more effectively combat the growing problem of waste crime.

Meaning of waste case looking at ‘fluff’ in Customs and Excise Commissioners v Devon Waste Management Ltd; Customs and Excise Commissioners v Biffa Waste Services Ltd listen – listen from 7.48 mins

In the final part of the podcast, we hear about a meaning of waste case and whether the ‘fluff’ used to line landfill cells is considered to be waste and should therefore attract liability for landfill tax. Mark and Chris explain how the judgment was made, highlighting some of the pitfalls in definition of waste cases.

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Simone is an environmental law specialist and is head of LexisPSL Environment.

Simone moved to LexisNexis from Clyde & Co where she trained. Whilst at Clyde & Co Simone gained experience in contentious work, including large scale arbitrations, private claims and regulatory breaches, and a variety of non-contentious issues. Some of her experience includes the EU Emissions Trading System, the domestic Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, environmental due diligence, Energy Performance Certificates, permitting requirements and contaminated land.

Simone has written a number of articles, which have been published in various journals and is a trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).