ENDS Report Issue 494, April 2016

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Highlights in this issue

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

    A capacity for narrative

    Comment

    Paul Hatchwell: After several years of rapid expansion, shell-shocked investors are now holding back from committing to new renewable energy projects, even offshore wind

  • Councils are excused from collecting recyclables separately if they can prove it is not ‘necessary’ or ‘technically, environmentally and economically practicable’. Photograph: Huguette Roe/123RF

    Recycling: Sorting out council collections

    Analysis

    Separate versus co-mingled collection is an ongoing debate but Conor McGlone asks whether councils are going to the required lengths to establish which practice will maximise their recycling rates

  • Senior management must take a bigger role in future environmental management systems. Photograph: Phillip Minnis/123RF

    ISO 14001: Business gears up to raise its standard

    Analysis

    Most organisations know they will have to revise their environmental management processes during the next three years. But when should they start and how extensive are the changes? Isabella Kaminski investigates

  • UK rules state that all upholstered furniture, including sofas and scatter cushions, should be match and cigarette resistant. Photograph: Belchonock / 123RF

    Fire safety ignites rules rethink

    Analysis

    The government is considering how to reform rules that are intended to save lives in fires but have introduced toxicity to our homes and environment. Gareth Simkins investigates

  • Mary Creagh MP, chair, Environmental Audit Committee

    Enterprise Bill should not risk effective regulation

    Comment

    Mary Creagh: A new law will force regulators to report the impact of their work on businesses. But there could be negative consequences if deregulation comes at any cost

  • Richard Macrory, professor of environmental law, University College London

    Government powers to cut energy support measures

    Comment

    Richard Macrory: A recent court decision indicates it will be rare for legal principles to prevent government from suddenly changing existing tax and other relief arrangements

  • Dr Kerry Mashford, chief executive, National Energy Foundation

    There is every opportunity to reduce energy costs

    Comment

    Kerry Mashford: Despite uncertainty over how the government is going to meet its green targets, there is plenty of potential for the non-domestic buildings sector to reduce its energy use

  • Richard Benwell

    Water policy reflects failure to make effective decisions

    Comment

    Richard Benwell: The latest round of river basin management plans are at best disappointing. Yet there is potential for improving rivers and the environment if influence can stretch beyond government

  • Infographic: Protected areas slow to have an impact

    Analysis

    The latest set of biodiversity indicators reveals species such as birds and butterflies are continuing to decline despite increases in the extent of protected areas

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