16 March 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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Today's Daily Digest leads with the industry response to the UK Spring Budget 2023. 


Sir Patrick Vallance's review on pro-innovation regulation for the life sciences sector has been making headlines. He has written to chancellor Jeremy Hunt with recommendations for the same. The UK parliament’s Science and Technology Committee has also reacted to the Spring Budget and Sir Patrick Vallance’s review. They have urged the EU and UK to accelerate Horizon Europe negotiations.

SCI's CEO Sharon Todd has responded to the Budget here. While welcoming measures announced by Jeremy Hunt yesterday, Ms Todd expressed disappointment at the gap between the expressed ambition to become a ‘science superpower’ and the real action being taken. 

The BEIS committee, CBI, Royal Society, and RSC have all also responded to the Spring budget.

In other policy news, the UK parliament’s European Scrutiny Committee has published a report on the Windsor Framework warning that preventing parliament from having meaningful input on the Framework before it is finalised between the government and the EU risks being seen as a ‘fait accompli’. 


New research indicates that rocks used in construction can capture 0.5% of carbon emissions during the normal crushing process. Meanwhile, the recycling of composites has become a problem, with just 6% of these materials reused, according to a report by the RSC in collaboration with CPI and the National Composited Centre. Meanwhile, Australia’s CSIRO has established what it says is the world’s first network for the responsible use of AI that will benefit industry.


In the field of health, more than 30,000 European and international endocrinologists have called on the European Commission to publish a revised Reach proposal, citing the urgent need to minimise exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals.


In energy news, Johnson Matthey has been chosen to provide its technology for the UK’s H2H Saltend 600MW low carbon hydrogen production plant.


And finally, BASF has set out its latest developments in its agricultural pipeline, providing solutions to farmers and challenges that the sector is facing.
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