Environmental objectives will be ‘central to the national mission’ as Britain leaves the EU, the environment secretary insists
Ineos has been granted a shale exploration permit, without being required to carry out an EIA, for the second time in a month
People are on average using 115 fewer bags each year since the plastic bag charge was introduced in England
DEFRA has confirmed its intention to forbid the sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing plastic microbeads from mid-2018
Proportionate EIAs have been called for by IEMA to tackle increasingly complex assessments and esoteric analysis
DEFRA has set out a new code of practice for controlling the establishment and spread of non-native invasive species in England, giving greater powers to the secretary of state and authorities
The government’s transport investment strategy pays insufficient attention to rail and the threat of air pollution, say campaigners
Competing lobbies are trying to persuade EU member state representatives to either dismiss or approve the reauthorisation of the controversial herbicide
The UK’s nuclear safety regulator is facing ‘unprecedented regulatory demands’ as it manages skills shortages
Natural England’s streamlined great crested newt licensing scheme is estimated to have saved developers more than £100 million
Despite offering reassurance, environment minister Thérèse Coffey was unable to offer much clarity on Brexit at her first meeting with the chemicals sector
Materials recovery facilities fees remain volatile in line with commodity prices, while rising landfill gate fees suggest a lack of capacity
Many substances have been newly banned from domestic and professional detergents bearing the EU ecolabel
Carbon targets applying across the construction sector have been proposed by the UK Green Building Council
The city is to install 19 charging points for taxies and minicabs, before requiring newly-licensed vehicles to be zero-emission
Richard Macrory: A judge has delivered guidance on the interpretation of housing policy in the National Planning Policy Framework that will be helpful to planners, developers and other stakeholders
Isabella Kaminski: We went to press as the UK began formal negotiations on leaving the EU. It is an important moment for the UK politically, but an absolutely crucial one for its environment
Solar PV deployment continued its ascent last year, but are the technology’s prospects starting to dim?
EIA regulations, Brexit, resilience, species licensing and persistent pollutants were among the issues raised at this year’s ENDS environmental consultancy roundtable
Michael Phelan: Up to half of demand-side-response services companies are likely to disappear over the next two years, favouring those with more experience and the technical expertise to act quickly
Dr Anne-Marie Warris, director of consultancy Ecoreflect and current chair of the International Organization for Standardization technical sub-committee responsible for environmental management systems standards, shares her insights
Trewin Restorick: Despite a need for leadership, the government’s long-awaited litter strategy offers nothing new and dodges growing calls for charges on disposable plastic items
Technical and organisational standards permeate many areas of business life but are often invisible or misunderstood. Isabella Kaminski explores how they dovetail with environmental regulation and asks whether the system could be improved
Despite already being a recycling trailblazer, Wales is consulting on a further increase to its recycling target, providing a lesson in waste management that can be learned across the rest of the UK.
Switching road transport from oil to battery power will be better for the environment in many ways, but it is does not come without downsides. Gareth Simkins takes a closer look at electric vehicles
Big infrastructure, Brexit and changes to regulations were some of the hot topics at this year’s ENDS Report roundtable of environmental consultants
ENDS inaugural Environmental Impact Awards recognised the achievements of 11 winners and several highly commended projects and teams
A guide for environmental professionals on key issues in UK environmental law and compliance during the Brexit negotiations, highlighting four ways in which the legal relationship between UK and EU law could begin to loosen even before the final date of departure.
The EU has a big influence in British environmental policy and standards, making environmental professionals relatively well informed about its workings. Does the UK environmental profession respect the EU and want Britain to remain, or has familiarity bred contempt? In association with Society for the Environment ENDS surveyed the profession to find out.
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