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2019 November: Creating a Clean Steel Fund: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK

A new £250m Clean Steel Fund could support the steel sector’s decarbonisation efforts as part of a wider UK clean growth strategy. This consultation sought the view of key stakeholders to inform the design and delivery of the fund. This submission was prepared by IChemE’s Clean Energy SIG.

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2019 October: Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model for nuclear: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK

This consultation aimed to seek the viewpoint of key stakeholders on the use of RAB in nuclear power plant new-builds. The RAB funding model has previously been used successfully for the Thames Tideway Project. Translating this success to a capital-intensive project such as new nuclear powerplants could greatly benefit the UK. However, key risks and potential shortcomings needed to be addressed. This submission was made by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2019 October: Developing a national food strategy: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK

The purpose of this consultation is to address the environmental and health problems caused by our food system, to ensure the security of our food supply, and to maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology. This submission was made by the Royal Academy of Engineering with contributions from IChemE members and other professional engineering institutions.

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2019 October: Standards for bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK

This consultation aimed to seek evidence to help develop standards or certification criteria for bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics, and an understanding of their environmental impacts. This submission was made by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2019 July: Building a safer future: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, UK

This consultation seeks views on new building safety measures. This submission was made by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2019 April: The Future of Engineers’ Regulation in New Zealand – Building System Legislative Reform Programme: New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released the Building System Legislative Reform Programme discussion paper for public consultation. The proposals aim to lift the quality of building work and deliver fairer outcomes to parties when things go wrong. This submission was made by members of IChemE’s New Zealand Board.

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2019 March: Chemical Weapons — POSTnote 596

This POSTnote gives an overview of chemical weapons,including modes of delivery and effects on human health. It also examines the status of international disarmament, and defence against chemical weapons in the UK. Prepared by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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2018 July: The future of the oil and gas industry inquiry: Scottish Affairs Committee, UK

The Scottish Affairs Committee aimed to investigate the future of the oil and gas industry. The inquiry examined how the problems Scotland’s oil and gas industry faces can be addressed, as well as the maximisation of stakeholder collaboration and economic return. This submission was prepared by IChemE’s Energy Centre.

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2018 June: Carbon Capture, usage and storage (CCUS) inquiry: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK

A consultation was launched by BEIS, aiming to receive stakeholder input on how CCUS cost reduction targets should be set. The inquiry examines the Government’s commitment to deploying CCUS technology and whether it has a “Plan B” to meet the UK’s climate change targets should desired cost reductions not materialise. This submission was prepared by IChemE’s Energy Centre.

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2018 May: Fire Safety of Construction Products — POSTnote 575

This POSTnote considers how the fire safety of construction products is regulated, how products are tested and classified, and challenges for product testing and the Building Regulations more widely. Prepared by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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2017 August: Brexit Energy Security: European Union Committee, EU

This consultation was launch by the EU Committee, aiming to receive proposals on key issues for energy security that the Government will need to consider before or immediately after the UK withdraws from the EU. This submission was prepared jointly between the Energy Institute, the Institution of Chemical Engineers Energy Centre and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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2017 April: Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK

This consultation was launch by BEIS, aiming to receive feedback to the Industrial Strategy outlined by the government. This submission was prepared by Engineering the Future, an alliance of the 38 professional engineering bodies in the UK, including IChemE.

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2016 October: Nuclear Security — POSTnote 540

This POSTnote provides an overview of the key threats to nuclear security, and of UK and international initiatives that seek to address them. Prepared by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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2016: January Fulfilling our potential, Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UK

This consultation was launch by BIS, aiming to receive proposals on how to reshape the higher education landscape to have students at its heart. Its core aim are to raise teaching standards, provide greater focus on graduate employability, widen participation in higher education, and open up the sector to new high-quality entrants. This submission was prepared via contributions of the Professional Engineering Institutions, of which IChemE is one.

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2015: November The Relationship between EU Membership and the Effectiveness of Science, Research and Innovation in the UK: The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, UK

This consultation was launch by The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, aiming to receive evidence on the relationship between EU membership and the effectiveness of science, research and innovation in the UK. This submission was prepared by IChemE’s UK Research Committee.

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2015: September Tier 2 migration review: Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), UK

This consultation was launch by MAC, aiming to receive recommendations on its review of balancing migrant selectivity, investment in skills and impacts on UK productivity and competitiveness of Tier 2. This submission was prepared by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2015: April Nurse review of research councils: Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UK

This consultation was launch by BIS, aiming to receive recommendation on how to support research effectively, to ensure that the UK continues to support world-leading science, and invests public money in the best possible way. This submission was prepared by the IChemE UK Research Committee.

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2015: March The Dowling Review of Business, University Research Collaborations: Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UK

This consultation was launched by BIS, aiming to receive recommendation on how government can support relationships between UK businesses and the UK’s world-leading university researchers by reducing complexity and foster and support relationships between researchers and business, particularly for smaller firms looking to innovate. This submission was prepared by the IChemE UK Research Committee and includes contributions from member of Heads of Chemical Engineering UK (HCEUK).

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2014 February: New Nuclear Power Technologies — POSTnote 457

This POSTnote reviews new and potential future nuclear power technologies. It also outlines the regulatory approach toward new nuclear build and summarises some of the related challenges. Prepared by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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2013 January: Maximising the Value of Recycled Materials — POSTnote 425

This POSTnote provides an overview of the way materials are recycled in England and how their economic value can be better exploited. Prepared by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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2012 February: Low Carbon Technologies for Energy-Intensive Industries — POSTnote 403

This POSTnote discusses carbon dioxide (CO2) abatement technologies for these industries and policies to support their adoption. Prepared by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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2011: May DECC Carbon Capture & Sequestration Roadmap: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK

This submission was prepared for the Advanced Power Generation Technology Forum and provides comments on the DECC Carbon Capture & Sequestration Roadmap. This submission was prepared by the IChemE Energy Conversion Technology Subject Group.

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2011: April Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities: The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, UK

This consultation aimed to investigate whether the UK’s nuclear research and development (R&D) capabilities are sufficient to meet its future nuclear energy requirements to 2050. This submission was prepared by the Engineering the Future alliance, of which IChemE is part of.

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2010: March Changes to the regulation of biological agents and GMOs in contained use, UK

This consultation responded to a series of questions regarding the regulation of biological agents and GMOs. This submission was prepared by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2010: January Ensuring water for all – water efficiency in south east England: The Environment Agency (EA) in collaboration with the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and Atkins, UK

This consultation aimed to gain input from multiple sectors of society and the economy regarding the efficient use of water resources. This submission was prepared by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2009: September Proposals for a new 5 year strategic plan: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK

This consultation aimed to address a new strategic plan for the BBSRC. This was achieved through touching on subjects such as food security, next generation bioenergy & biorenewables and big data. This submission was prepared by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2009: September Call for evidence: Setting science and technology research funding priorities: House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, UK

This consultation called for stakeholders to provide opinions on the utilisation of public funds for science and technology research and what changes can be made to improve processes. This submission was prepared by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2009: September A framework for the development of clean coal: Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK

This consultation aims to address the general engineering aspects of the clean development of coal. This includes views on retrofit and CCS in new coal power stations. This submission was prepared by IChemE members in collaboration with members of The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Energy Institute, The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Engineering and Technology and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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2008: September HEFCE strategic review of sustainable development in higher education in England: Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), UK

This consultation aimed to receive recommendations on the extent and nature of student engagement in the higher education sector in England. This submission was prepared by IChemE via contributions from members.

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2008: July Review of future direction in BBSRC – funded research relating to environmental change: Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), UK

This consultation aimed to provide feedback on the review of BBSRC research relevant to environmental change. This submission was prepared by IChemE and Royal Society of Chemistry.

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2008: June Review of the quality, management and use of both natural and social science in the Food Standards Agency: Government Office for Science, UK

This consultation aimed to provide feedback on the quality, management and use of both natural and social science in the Food Standards Agency. This submission was prepared by IChemE and Royal Society of Chemistry.

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2008: May Sustainable development in policy making: Food Standards Agency (FSA), UK

This consultation aimed to provide feedback on sustainable development in policy making, linked to FSA’s remit of protecting the interests of consumers in relation to food. This submission was prepared by IChemE and Royal Society of Chemistry.

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