Our new report, Repeat Offender: Vietnam's persistent trade in illegal timber, exposes corrupt individuals from the Vietnam Government and military complicit in smuggling huge quantitites of illegal timber from Cambodia. This has been launched ahead of a meeting between Vietnam and the EU to combat illegal logging.
Following our evidence that Danish timber company Keflico violated the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), Danish authorities have made a ruling by which injunctions have been placed on all Danish operators that put Burmese teak on the market. This sets a clear precedent for other EUTR Competent Authorities.
On the day the Government’s microbeads consultation closes, businesses have joined environmental campaigners in calling for a comprehensive ban on microbeads. Campaigners have warned that the current proposals would see the ban limited to microplastic ingredients of 5mm or less in ‘rinse off’ personal care and cosmetic products, while other products containing microplastics could continue to be sold
The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety backed robust moves to curb sources of marine plastic pollution as part of a wider suite of measures designed to reduce waste which will form the basis for the Parliament’s vote later this year on the Circular Economy Package