ENDS Report Issue 418, November 2009
The rest of the world is entitled to expect action from the world's number two emitter.
Trade bodies warn of skills shortages threatening the low-carbon transition.
- Copenhagen climate deal will be a work in progress
- Rainforest deal could increase rate of loss
- CRC benefit may be twice original estimate
- Royal Commission wants moon and stars returned
- Firms plead ahead of Buncefield trial
- CIWEM calls on parents to ‘stop at two’
- Economics for a finite planet: ENDS Lecture
- Agency swoops on hazwaste dumpers
- ENDS infographic: Green shares outperform the wider market through the recession.
Britvic, Carrs Billington and Tarmac are helping to improve their sector's energy efficiency.
- Housebuilders question zero-carbon target
- Sky’s the limit for misleading carbon claims
- BP fined for more Texas refinery safety violations
- JP Morgan to buy Ecosecurities
- Chemical firms’ scarce green progress
- Greener firms garner ‘green globes’
- More warnings over carbon commitment
Energy & carbon
IEA sets out scenario for developing global energy supplies that contains the risk of climate change.
- EU urged to adopt 30% emissions target early
- Water firms report 40% boost in renewables
- UK ports look to offshore wind in shipping decline
- More offshore wind on the way in Skegness
- Europe will not make its own biofuels
- Deforestation carbon emissions played down
- Financial boost for onshore wind
Pollution & clean-up
Fines up, pollution incidents down in 2008, says agency.
- Chloramine disinfection cuts by-products: study
- DEFRA ordered to disclose documents
- NO2 link to child health still unclear
- Hatfield bromate ruling contested
- Bathing water quality stagnates
ENDS survey finds floor stores fail to respond on high-concern SVHCs.
- UK salmon farms rate poorly on environment
- Palm oil body backtracks on emissions criteria
- Sainsbury’s deadline for fridge CO2
- Ecolabel for tools aims to save carbon and money
- Emissions protocols for supply chains and products
- Sugarcane standard to keep lax CO2 goal
Waste & resources
The Environment Agency undertook 36% fewer inspections in 2008/09.
- Agency plans for MBT worry waste firms
- Wales goes ahead with bag tax despite criticism
- Recycling jumps, but rejection rates stir doubts
- Packaging recycling label gains ground
- Scotland reaches landfill goal
- Regrinding drill bits could save carbon
Tom Burke calls for Copenhagen's underlying goal to be kept in sight admid the verbal fog of war.
What are the likely impacts of the UN climate summit’s outcome on politics and policy in Europe and Britain?
- Can markets count on Copenhagen?
- Cognitive dissonance on a global scale
- A history of emissions and climate diplomacy
- Time to call a limit on transport carbon
- No global deal for high-carbon industry
- Wanted: hard cash to halt deforestation
Government propses streamlined planning guidelines for new nuclear power stations.
- Policy statement pushes planning for renewables
- New ports policy favours predict and provide
- DEFRA consults on air quality rules for England
- Carbon capture levy proposed for power suppliers
- Waste exemption limits set to be increased
- Farmer-led biodiversity plan gains broad support
- Agency updates its corporate strategy
- Consultation on phosphate ban in washing powders
- Recycling regulations for WEEE to be revised
- Drinking water guidance revised
- Environment Agency publishes more soil guidelines
A plan to save 80 billion tonnes of carbon was rejected at a Montreal Protocol meeting in November.
- EU ministers fudge climate funding plans
- Kyoto mechanisms take EU way beyond 8% cuts
- Appeal leads ECHA to reverse REACH decision
- Laxer limits for van CO2 emissions
- New European pollution register unveiled
- Study to put value on ecosystem services
- New Energy Star criteria for PCs
- Slow progress on proposed POPs
- New rating for energy-efficient products
- More ecodesign standards proposed
Parliament & Politics
The Marine and Coastal Access Act introduces a UK marine planning system.
- Commission calls for green tax consensus
- Agency in the dark over illegal waste exports
- Private member’s bill forces renewables move
- Committee mounts inquiry on air quality
- Transatlantic collaboration on inquiry announced
- Queen unveils bills on CCS and flooding
A tribunal has ruled that strong belief in climate change can be a philosophical belief.
- Allowing erosion did not breach law, says court
- Waste oil firm lands £125,000 safety fine
- Biffa pays £55,400 for its asbestos handling
- Thames Water fined for polluting golf course
- Agricultural firm fined for polluting river
- Chevron fined £11,500 for oil pollution
- Marine oil firm fined for Fal estuary spill
- Sweet maker fined £14k for stream pollution
- Correction: Anaerobic digestion firms fined
- First fine for operator self-monitoring rule