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Updated Guidance: Develop a management system: environmental permits

environmental permitsAn update has been made to the Guidance: Develop a management system: environmental permits as of the 14th January 2019. The guidance shows how to develop a management system and keep it up to date so that activities can be carried out under an environmental permit.

The update can be found at the beginning of the document and is as follows: ‘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.’

If you are applying for:

  • a standard rules permit, the risks are identified in the generic risk assessment
  • a bespoke permit, you will have identified the risks by carrying out your risk assessment

Your risk assessment will be part of your management system.

You must submit a summary of your management system as part of your application if you are applying for a bespoke permit.

You do not have to submit a summary if you are applying for a standard rules permit, but you must have your management system in place before you start operating.

If you are applying for a standard rules permit for waste activities and plan to store combustible waste you will need to submit a fire prevention plan as part of your application.

Once you are operating you must implement your management system or you will be in breach of your permit.

The guidance can be found here:


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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.