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Policy

Response to SONI Transmission Development Plan (2020-29)

In 2020, SONI requested views on a new Transmission Development Plan for Northern Ireland. The plan sets out measures to ensure the continued security of the electricity grid by proposing a number of projects to improve its strength and resilience, as well as support long-term decarbonisatoin goals and objectives.

Response to DAERA Discussion on the Future Recycling and Separate Collection of Waste of a Household Nature in Northern Ireland

In 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) launched a consultation on the future recycling and separation of waste of a household nature in Northern Ireland. In the discussion document, the Department outlined the current position of recycling in Northern Ireland, and the current and new regulatory, climate change and market drivers that will influence policy in the future.

Response to EU Peace Funding Consultation

In 2020, the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) launched a public consultation on a new round of EU peace funding for Northern Ireland. The PEACE Plus programme will have a total value of about €600m (£511m).

Response to DAERA Discussion Document on an Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland

In 2019, the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) requested views on the potential scope, scale and ambition of Northern Ireland’s first environment strategy. 

Response to Consultation on Maximum Resale Price as it applies to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs)

In 2019, the Utlility Regulator published a consultation on the Maximum Resale Price (MRP) for electricity and its application to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). In the consultation paper, the Utility Regulator postulated the Maximum Resale Price (MRP) for electricity was a barrier to the maintenance and development of public charging infrastructure for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in Northern Ireland and proposed an amendment to the existing Direction to include an exemption for the resale of electricity where it relates to the propulsion of a ULEV. 

Response to Discussion Document on NISEP & Energy Efficiency Provision

In 2019, the Utility Regulator launched a consultation on the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme and Energy Efficiency Programme, which has provided funding for vital energy efficiency schemes since 1997. 

Response to DUP Pre-Consultation on Policy Paper 'Our Green and Pleasant Land'

In 2019, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) launced a pre-consultation on developing a policy paper on the theme of the environment. The exercise collected stakeholder views ahead of the development of a policy statement on the environment, that will be relevant to the UK Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and Councils. 

Response to Defra Consultation on Reforming the UK Packaging Producer Responsibility System

In 2019, Defra launched a consultation requesting views on measures to reduce the amount of unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging and increase the amount of packaging that can and is recycled, through reforms to the packaging producer responsibility regulations. It also proposed that the full net costs of managing packaging waste are placed on those businesses who use packaging and who are best placed to influence its design.

Response to Consultation on Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

In 2019, Defra launched a consultation requesting views on the merits of introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The aim of the consultation was to ensure that, should a DRS be introduced, it will be easy for consumers to return drinks containers, leading to increased recycling rates and a reduction in littering. 

Response to DAERA Consultation on Northern Ireland Future Agricultural Policy Framework

In 2018, the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rura Affairs (DAERA) requested the views of stakeholders on a ‘Future Agricultural Policy Framework’ to help shape future agricultural policy and support arrangements for NI, once the UK leaves the European Union.

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