ENDS Report Issue 491, January 2016

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Highlights in this issue

  • Paul Hatchwell is climate and energy editor at the ENDS Report

    Climate of hope

    Comment

    Paul Hatchwell: As the gavel came down on two weeks of frantic diplomacy at COP21 in Paris, exhausted attendees at Le Bourget had a real sense of entering uncharted waters

  • The value of EU rules to the UK’s environment is up for debate. Photograph: Tim Gartside/Alamy Stock Photo

    What has the EU ever done for us?

    Analysis

    Up and down the country environmental professionals are talking about the forthcoming EU referendum. Isabella Kaminski reviews the debate

  • Incinerator bottom ash can contain fragments of many materials left after combustion, such as glass, and can be used as an alternative to aggregates. Photograph: ESG

    IBA rises from the ashes

    Analysis

    The UK does not count incinerator bottom ash in its recycling figures. But very little of it goes to landfill and it is a valuable material for industry, finds Jez Abbott

  • Fire at a Yorkshire recycling plant. There were 20 serious fires in 2014. Photograph: Paul Ridsdale/Alamy Stock Photo

    Insurers get tough on waste sector

    Analysis

    The waste sector now has fewer options for insurance providers, but the smaller market may be helping to drive up standards, finds Chiara Francavilla

  • Lord Deben stressed any greater reliance on gas should be transitional. PIcture courtesy of the Committee on Climate Change

    CCC chair Lord Deben: There's no long-term future for gas without CCS

    Analysis

    Flexibility in how the government meets the UK’s fourth and fifth carbon budgets up to 2032 is acceptable, but building infrastructure risking lock-in to unabated gas beyond the mid-2030s is not, says Lord Deben

  • Philip Simpson is commercial director at food waste recycling firm ReFood

    The Autumn Statement has let businesses down

    Comment

    Philip Simpson: The government needs the commercial sector to help it meet renewable targets, but the Autumn Statement has merely prolonged industry uncertainty about the future

  • Chris White, senior environmental economist, AECOM

    Natural capital: get the boardroom lingo right

    Comment

    Chris White: Using language that business understands is the way to get the message about natural capital’s value to the bottom line heard at the top  

  • Richard Macrory is professor of environmental law at University College London

    Rethinking Aarhus and the costs of litigation

    Comment

    Richard Macrory: Third-party rights of appeal in environmental and planning law could reduce delays and uncertainties, reduce costs and better reflect Aarhus requirements

  • Andy Eastlake, managing director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

    Road freight is vital to meeting carbon targets

    Comment

    Andy Eastlake: There is much work still to be done to improve the environmental impacts of heavy goods vehicles, but manufacturers and operators are now taking action

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    Infographic: INDCs – more effort needed to stay below 2°C warming

    Analysis

    This month's infographic looks at the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by countries ahead of the COP21 climate talks in Paris

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