ENDS Report Issue 411, April 2009
There is something profoundly wrong with our addiction to economic growth.
Plan to make new plants install carbon capture technology.
The Budget calls for 34% carbon cut by 2020.
- Campaigners face job cuts
- ENDSCarbon benchmarking service to launch
- Electric vehicle buyers to get subsidies
- Call for international environmental court
- Augean Treatment fined £90,000 for fire
- WRAP takes charge of waste
- McAfee counts carbon cost of spam
- Quinn Glass ordered to close
- ENDS infographic: Spring comes earlier as the UK warms
WWF wants energy firms to report the financial liability arising from their emissions.
- Investors exposed to chemical safety risks
- BP Solar cuts jobs
- Concrete industry publishes green report
Energy & carbon
Job losses are blamed on poor scheme management.
- Airlines call for global carbon trading
- Confusion over offshore wind's funding needs
- California tackles biofuels' indirect impacts
- Agency calls for biomass standards
- 2008 EU ETS emissions figures released
- Adair Turner to stay on climate committee
- UK emissions still falling
- Takings down in UK's carbon allowance auction
Pollution & clean-up
Green groups claim a leak was narrowly avoided in April.
- Soil guideline values frustrate practitioners
- Motorway lights to be switched off
- Go-ahead for Merseyside tannery clean-up
- Sinking barge leaks sewage
Royal Mail has launched a reduced-rate service for direct mail meeting new criteria.
- Trade union publishes priority chemicals list
- Prisons to get reusable, recyclable matresses
- Water footprinting takes hold
- Organic food industry hit by recession
- PC firms 'backtrack' on chemical pledges
- Car air-con gas update
- BRE awards first sourcing marque
Waste & resources
An ex-employee has alleged serious failings at a Bolton plant.
- Attempt to improve recycling in flats
- UK meets packaging targets
- Report on incinerator dioxin emissions
- Treasury funds fifth of Manchester PFI
Manufacturers have found value in leasing rather than buying chemicals.
The UK has one of the world's largest green industrial sectors, but the recession is endangering growth.
The Sustainable Development Commission has aired what may be the most inconvenient of truths.
- Chemical leasing in the UK
- Contract halves energy use
- 12 steps to break with growth
A restructure may be on the cards for the UK's water industry.
- South Downs given national park status
- Scotland sets incinerator energy recovery standard
- WEEE proposals are inadequate, say recyclers
- New funding rules benefit public transport
- Consultation on climate change agreements
- Permit exemption plans cause controversy
- WEEE and RoHS revisions up for consultation
- Battery recycling rules adopted
- Debate over water protection zones
- UK industry sets out its low-carbon vision
- Agency sets out Thames Barrier plan
- Supply chain audits urged for biofuels
- Revised F-gas regulations enter into force
- Regulatory budgets scrapped
- Call for chemical mixture assessment
- Changes to clinical waste guidelines
- Nuclear siting consultation
- Local air quality guidance finalised
- Water companies' final business plans
- Timber buying rules tightened
- ASA gets tougher on adverts' green claims
The G20 and UN summits in April produced patchy outcomes, but there were some gains.
- EU ministers discuss climate adaptation
- Nanomaterials in food and cosmetics to be tested
- Design and labelling directives revised
- New cement and lime guidance
- US EPA decision could lead to emissions regulation
- Cadmium exposure limit cut
- Updated EU ecolabel excludes hazardous chemicals
- Sofa-burn fungicide banned
- Member states to decide own GM co-existence rules
- EU energy project funding allocated
- EU climate package finalised
Parliament & Politics
Business leaders would be unwise to applaud heavy-handed tactics to stop protesters.
- MPs recommend government looks at geo-engineering
- MPs recommend single ecolabel
- Fuel duty escalator 'desirable'
- New inquiry on carbon budgets
- MPs to probe low-carbon technology
- Greening government inquiry
- Fuel Poverty Bill stalled
- Pitt to chair planning body
The rejection of a claim regarding Stansted airport expansion highlights the problems campaigners face.
- Court places curb on limestone extraction
- Waste tyre dumper jailed
- Anglian fined £75,000
- Waste crime round-up
- Packaging penalties
- Glebe Mines fined for flood
- N Ireland secures first confiscation order
- Odours at WRG Waste landfill leads to fine
- Landfill gas monitoring failures
- Farm firm pollutes lake