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    20/05/2024
    England and Wales

    The FCA’s anti-gre­en­wash­ing rule and guidance: what are the litigation risks for firms?

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently published its finalised guidance on the anti-greenwashing rule, which will come into force on 31 May 2024. The anti-greenwashing rule, in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Sourcebook, requires all FCA authorised firms to ensure that any reference to the sustainability characteristics of a product or service is:consistent with the sustainability characteristics of the product or service, andfair, clear and not misleading. The guidance is intended to help firms understand and comply with the rule, by setting out the FCA’s...
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    13/05/2024
    Sweden

    Registrering av nyckelbiotoper – inte överklagbart

    I tidigare artiklar har vi redogjort för den kontroversiella frågan om huruvida Skogsstyrelsens registrering av nyckelbiotoper utgör överklagbara förvaltningsbeslut eller inte. I grunden låg två domar från Kammarrätten i Göteborg där domstolen kommit fram till helt olika slutsatser beträffande frågan om överklagbarheten av registreringen av nyckelbiotoper. Domarna överklagades till Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen som dock inte meddelade prövningstillstånd. Däremot beslutade Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen...
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    09/05/2024
    Scotland

    Facilitating Marine Restoration – How Best to Ensure Success

    Marine restoration activities have been highlighted in the press recently particularly the successful oyster restoration project in the Firth of Forth. So far many restoration projects in Scottish waters are principally small projects led by communities that seek to (re)create a habitat or introduce a previously decimated species. It has been highlighted to the Scottish Government by those looking to initiate larger scale restoration projects that there are two key challenges to a project’s namely: (i) a complicated consenting process which does not specifically cover restoration; and (ii)...
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    29/04/2024
    United Kingdom

    Food Advertising and Environmental Claims: A Balancing Act for Businesses

    The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published a report on its research into consumer understanding of environmental claims in food advertisements (Environmental claims in food advertising - ASA | CAP). While some of the findings are unsurprising, they also reveal important insights into inferences consumers draw from different kinds of claims, and challenge the view that reducing their environmental impact is a primary focus for consumers who respond to environmental claims. Businesses should:Take care with the implications of their claims, which may be unexpected;Use clear and specific...
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    17/04/2024
    Scotland

    Bioenergy in Scotland – Scottish Government’s Draft Policy Statement focusses on sustainability and resilience

    IntroductionThe Scottish Government (“SG”) has launched a consultation on its draft Bioenergy Policy (the “SG Bioenergy Policy”), with responses to be submitted by 12th June 2024. This article provides a brief overview of the SG Bioenergy Policy’s main features and how it compares with its counterpart, the “Biomass Policy Statement” which was published by the UK Government in November 2021, subsequently laying the foundation for the Biomass Strategy released in 2023.BackgroundThe draft SG Bioenergy Policy sets out the role SG envisages bioenergy playing...
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    17/04/2024
    England and Wales

    AI-driven enforcement comes of age in UK with AI systems reshaping advertising and regulation and enforcement – ASA’s 2023 Annual Report

    The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published its 2023 annual report, describing 2023 as a watershed year for its digital strategy.Together, the ASA and the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) secured the amendment or withdrawal of 27,378 ads in 2023, a remarkable 92% of which resulting from proactive work largely powered by the ASA’s Active Ad Monitoring System. In December 2022, the ASA ran 20,000 ads through the system, which rose to over 600,000 ads per month by the end of 2023. This system forms a key part of the ASA’s 2024 to 2028 strategy on AI-assisted...
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