ENDS Report Issue 414, July 2009
Building a low-carbon economy will need the wider involvement of society.
The government launches its Low Carbon Transition Plan.
- Draft water price limits announced
- Tory u-turn on planning quango
- Brazil intercepts illegal UK waste
- Green groups shed more jobs
- DEFRA wins pesticides appeal
- Poll shows support for UK population limit
- Turner wants high-carbon investment ban for RBS
- Civil penalties for green offences proposed
- ENDS infographic: Sustainable energy investment dampened by recession
The global chemcials industry claims its products save more carbon than they emit.
Firm continues to claim emissions reductions for green tariff power.
- 'More needed' on responsible investment
- WWF pushes for business travel alternatives
- Cement industry claims big carbon cuts
- Firms to disclose deforestation role
- Legal action launched over RBS investment
- Students rank universities' green performance
Energy & carbon
Few sectors are likely to miss out on free phase III emissions allowances.
- Fuel suppliers struggle to meet biofuel standards
- Government moves on buildings' energy efficiency
- Study finds poor micro-wind output
- Fund announced for low-carbon buses
- Exxon invests in algal biofuels
Pollution & clean-up
Science panel calls for a permanent committee on noise and funding for research.
- SEPA names poor PPC sites
- Drinking water incidents rise
- Study finds exposure to air-borne benzene
- Committee reassesses harm from air pollution
- Agency tests bathing water predictions
- EPUK to update air quality guidance
- CORRECTION: Cryptosporidium project
Only 7% of the solid wood used in Ikea products is certified as sustainable.
- Asda offers 'low-carbon beef'
- Users not ready for HCFC ban
- Phone makers to standardise chargers
- Carbon Trust rethinks label requirements
- Government ICT staff unaware of green targets
- BSI consults on building materials standard
Waste & resources
Waste arisings could rise by 2% if councils are made to dispose of certain waste for free.
- Vehicle recylers just miss ELV target
- Recession’s impact on recycling overstated
- E-transfer note trial extended
- Salt End incinerator gets permit
- Supermarkets just miss plastic bag target
- Construction waste standard launched
Councils have been given the task of meeting EU air quality standards, but they face a number of hurdles.
The outspoken chair of the government's Sustainable Development Commission is leaving after nine years in the role.
The country's policies do not look like they will rein in emissions before 2030.
- Norwich’s low-emission zone
- Low-emission zones abroad
The government has set out an ambitious roadmap for meeting tough, legally binding carbon budgets.
- Government outlines low-carbon traffic plan
- Renewable energy strategy
- Low-carbon industrial strategy
- Eco-towns shortlist announced
- Anaerobic digestion plans outlined
- Consultation on EU waste law transposition
- HSE to police chemicals supply chain
- Row over river basin plans
- Walker review supports water metering
- Wales to charge for carrier bags
- NI implements groundwater rules
- NI consutls on private water supplies
- Ofwat responds to Cave review findings
- DEFRA consults on eco-design and energy labelling
- Treated timber's wate status under review
- DEFRA corrects air quality reports
- Biomass and air quality guidance issued
- Zero-carbon homes definition becoming clearer
The G8 and major developing countries have agreed on the need to limit global warming to 2°C.
- UK publishes Copenhagen roadmap
- Shipping emissions talks disappoint
- Global bodies discuss trade and climate link
- Call for combined chemical risk assessment
- EU ministers vote on industrial emissions laws
- Commission rules on PM10 deadlines
- Environment ministers divided over biowaste
- European court rejects REACH challenge
- Views sought on indirect land use
- Effectiveness of REACH studied
Parliament & Politics
The government needs to match talk with action on energy and climate policy.
- Scottish Climate Change Bill through parliament
- MPs debate Marine Bill loophole
- MPs call for illegal timber ban
- MPs call for better bee data
- Natural England under fire over SSSIs
- Government responds to geo-engineering report
- MPs want aircraft 'stacking' reduced
The Court of Appeal has signalled that it will leave substantive environmental policy issues to government.
- Agency's demolition waste appeal fails
- Drax protesters convicted
- Strabane council fined
- Newham prosecutes firm for rotting flesh odour
- £15,000 for diesel spill
- Developer fined for silt discharge
- Permit breach costs tyre firm £28,000
- Food firm fined for packaging offences
- £10,000 bill for skip firm