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Updated DEFRA and EA Guidance: Develop a management system

Updated DEFRA and EA Guidance: Develop a management systemDEFRA and EA Guidance – Develop a management system: environmental permits has been updated.

The guidance on how to develop a management system and keep it up to date so that you can carry out activities under an environmental permit has recently been updated.

It states: ‘Your environmental permit requires you to have a written management system. This is a set of procedures describing what you will do to minimise the risk of pollution from the activities covered by your permit and from 7 April 2019, if you have a waste permit that was granted before 6 April 2008 you’ll need to manage and operate your waste activity in line with a written management system.’

A new section was added on 17th December: ‘Online security: protect your business’ which suggests taking simple steps to protect your business. It states: ‘You can take some simple steps to protect your business against online security threats. Good online security will help make sure your business does not cause pollution. Any pollution that does occur is your responsibility as the permit holder.

See the National Cyber Security Centre website for guidance about online security.’

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.