ENDS Report Issue 419, December 2009
The outcome of the COP 15 climate summit has dashed hopes and set back progress.
The government’s Carbon Capture and Storage Incentive will fund four projects.
- Pre-Budget: Boiler boost but no new green taxes
- UK faces fines for neglecting air quality
- UK wins key case on sewage nutrient removal
- Chemical waste fire costs Veolia £240,000
- £101,000 bill for plutonium incident
- Carbon trading scam reaches epidemic levels
- 500 airlines miss emissions trading scheme
- Eat less meat to save the planet, says SDC
- ENDS infographic: Big fall in oil pollution incidents at commercial premises
A Carbon Trust report says airlines could make windfall profits from the EU ETS.
- Businesses pressed to seize green opportunities
- Guide highlights tensions in corporate engagement
- Agency wins prize for eco-management
- Balfour Beatty announces CO2 target
Energy & carbon
Report on nuclear reactor designs outlines safety concerns.
- Wave developers hit by funding shortages
- Olympics claims 17% carbon emissions cut
- UK needs more trees to boost carbon sinks
- Action urged for all commercial buildings
- London Array to be made in Denmark
- London’s carbon footprint mapped
- Germany enters offshore wind arena
- International offsets: poor value for money?
Pollution & clean-up
Water firms are allowed to charge an extra £1.3bn compared with an interim determination.
- Thames phosphorus targets 'unachievable'
- Licensed nuclear sites ‘no threat’ to health
- Launch of soil generic assessment criteria
- EU ruling setback for Alcan power plant
Few suppliers reporting emissions had reduction plans to match national targets.
- Products still failing to meet energy label claims
- Toy surveys continue to find heavy metals
- Co-op tops fish survey
- First timber case under Lacey Act
Waste & resources
Recycling successes push Surrey to ditch incinerator plans.
- Early Recyclebank results suggest success
- Government may scrap council landfill targets
- Reports warn over waste prevention messages
- Infamous waste exports landfilled
- Wales fractionally ahead on recycling
Passenger numbers must not grow more than 60% by 2050, says advisory committee.
- Utilities to start fitting smart meters in 2012
- Zero-carbon route set for commercial buildings
- Hazwaste strategy not cutting it with industry
- Recycling target for packaging deferred
- Water abstraction plans prove deeply unpopular
- Ofwat 'should take lead on metering'
- Revised groundwater rules come into force
- Aviation: now boarding for emissions trading
- Major services to report on climate adaptation
- Industry pressured on EU ETS phase III data
- Second wave of eco-towns announced
- Small sewage discharge consultation
- Plan to treble marine protected areas
- COMAH regulations ammended
- Post-Buncefield guidelines for storage
- EDF to sell Bradwell land for nuclear plant
The European Commission is to set up a department to combat climate change.
- Commission appeals EU ETS allocation ruling
- Ireland unveils plans for waste incineration tax
- Concern over variation in nations’ REACH fines
- Australian ETS in political tug-of-war
- REACH committee extends candidate list
- Countries agree to work on supergrid
- Impact of noise on marine life assessed
Parliament & Politics
Court decision highlights the dilemma faced when the Environment Agency and councils duplicate controls.
- Conoco and SGS share £44,000 water penalty
- Odour complaints cost composter £40,000
- £176,000 confiscation order for fly-tipper
- Builders fined for pollution offences
- Energy firm fined for diesel spill
- Illegal fishing leads to £34,000 penalty
- Enviro-Waste pays out £34,000 over breach
- School fined for sewage failure
- Scrap metal dealer hit with £31,000 penalty
- Waste offences cost director nearly £20,000
- Crisp maker fined for water pollution