ENDS Report Issue 310, November 2000

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  • Chancellor's cunning on fuel

    The pre-Budget report took the sting from fuel protests with tax cuts on motoring totalling £2 billion

  • Contaminated land tax break

    Accelerated tax credits worth £30 million in the first year have been announced to stimulate contaminated land clean-up

  • SEPA to restructure

    The new management at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency is to scrap the three regions

Waste management

  • WRAP launched

    The Waste and Resources Action Programme was launched in November with £30 million over three years to stimulate markets for recyclate


  • CO2 challenges HFCs

    Commercial interest in carbon dioxide as a refrigerant is intensifying and may damage market prospects for HFC refrigerants


UK policy

  • IPPC for pulp and paper

    Revised IPPC guidance for the pulp and paper industry has confirmed that the sector has won major concessions

  • Water Bill published

    Reforms to the water abstraction regime feature in the draft Water Bill, along with legal changes on contaminated land, drinking water and trade effluent

  • Greenhouse gas trading

    The Government is consulting on a UK greenhouse gas trading scheme and hopes to launch it next April


  • Greening the pension funds

    Legislation requiring pension funds to disclose how environmental issues feature in their investment decisions are pushing the environment up the boardroom agenda

  • Diffuse pollution challenge

    A change of regulatory focus is needed to tackle diffuse sources of water pollution - becoming more significant thanks to success in tackling industrial and sewage effluent

  • Climate change programme

    Doubts remain whether existing policies will deliver the Government’s carbon dioxide emission target, despite ambitious plans

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