ENDS Report Weekly, 19 May 2011

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  • Government amends fourth carbon budget advice

    The government has adopted an ambitious 50% greenhouse gas reduction target relative to 1990 for the fourth carbon budget to 2027. But it will not raise targets for the non-traded sectors in the second and third budgets and a 2014 review could undermine incentives to invest in the green economy
  • DECC cuts off funding to carbon quangos

    The Carbon Trust and Energy Saving Trust will not receive any more grants from the energy and climate department (DECC). It is as yet unclear how the bodies will cope with the £50m loss.
  • European Commission considers plastic bags ban

    The European Commission asks for public input on Europe-wide action on plastic carrier bags.
  • Recycling rewards get a London airing

    The London Assembly’s environment committee finds it hard to choose betweenrecycling reward schemes and compulsory recycling in its latest report. Meanwhile, the London Borough of Lambeth is opening its own Recyclebank scheme for flat dwellers.
  • May election results mean green policy changes

    The environment took a back seat in the recent elections, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland now look set to deliver significant changes in policy. In England, the Green Party took control of its first council.
  • Charterhouse to take majority stake in ERM

    The ownership of Environmental Resources Management, is set to change hands. Private equity group Charterhouse Capital will acquire a majority stake

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