ENDS Report Issue 497, July 2016

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Highlights in this issue

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    An existential question

    Comment

    Paul Hatchwell: As Britain went to the polls on 23 June, violent rainstorms left much of the country in chaos. It was a fitting preface to the political and economic shock that both Remain and Leave supporters woke up to on Friday.

  • ENDS roundtable in May

    Environmental consultants ride 'tsunami' of work

    News

    Consultants are facing a tidal wave of nationally significant infrastructure projects and finding their roles are expanding in scope and scale, the ENDS Report found at its latest roundtable

  • Lighting is an achievable energy-efficiency project that is easy to install and has a low payback period. Photograph: Ron Zmiri/123RF

    Lighting the way for SMEs

    Analysis

    Small businesses often need financial support to invest in energy-efficiency measures. Cristina Brooks investigates the available options and the barriers to uptake

  • Using load shifting and demand management on the network can reduce the need for backup power plants during short-term peaks or outages. Photograph: RWE)

    Demand-side response: Beyond generation

    Analysis

    Demand-side response is vital to the UK’s evolving smart-energy system, enabling energy security and lower cost decarbonisation. But despite recent progress, many barriers remain. Paul Hatchwell reports

  • Mark Gough, executive director, Natural Capital Coalition

    Business survival depends on natural capital

    Comment

    Mark Gough: A natural capital protocol will allow organisations to systematically integrate their relationships with nature into their strategy and operations as resources become scarcer

  • Mike Keil, asset strategy manager, Severn Trent Water

    Resilience: the new sustainability?

    Comment

    Mike Keil: Resilience is in danger of becoming the new sustainability – an overused buzzword with little substance behind it. Yet building it is essential for water companies to deal with extreme weather

  • Peter Prior, executive chairman, Andigestion

    DECC needs to step back and focus on the big picture

    Comment

    Peter Prior: Financial support for renewable energy should be about meeting emissions targets, not promoting technology flavours of the moment over more suitable, cheaper alternatives

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

    EU water law and major public interest developments

    Comment

    Richard Macrory: The European Water Framework Directive leaves room for member states to decide whether deterioration of water status is justifiable in individual cases

  • Liz Goodwin

    Insider Insight: Dr Liz Goodwin OBE FREE

    News

    Liz Goodwin was appointed CEO of WRAP in 2007 and worked for the organisation since its early days

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    Infographic: Figuring out contaminated land in England

    Analysis

    Contaminated land remediation data from DEFRA shows the big job ahead with a marked decline in the number of sites being determined over the years.

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