ENDS Report Issue 360, January 2005

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  • Spotlight on EMS auditors

    Tougher standards for auditors have been put forward in a bid to restore confidence in certified environmental management systems

  • Water firm prosecutions soar

    Water companies paid out over £500,000 in fines for pollution offences in 2004 - an increase of 35% on the previous year

Waste management

  • Progress on recycling

    The Government met its recycling target for 2003/04, but the picture is marred by the poor performance of many local authorities


  • Clothes retailers go slow

    Few firms in the clothing industry are adopting environmental goals, despite growing scrutiny over chemicals in their products



  • CBI 'scaremongering' on ETS

    MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee have accused CBI boss Sir Digby Jones of exaggerating the impact of the EU emissions trading scheme on UK competitiveness

UK policy

  • Clampdown on 'duty of care'

    The Environment Department has issued draft regulations which would significantly tighten "duty of care" controls on waste producers

  • Freedom of information rules

    New regulations on access to environmental information have come into force, which should lead to much greater disclosure

EU policy

  • Crunch time for REACH

    The proposed REACH regime for chemicals registration is entering a critical phase, with important debates in several EU institutions

  • IPPC guide on combustion

    The power sector is unhappy with EU guidance setting out "best available techniques" for combustion plant under the IPPC Directive


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