ENDS Report Issue 499, September 2016

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Highlights in this issue

  • Isabella Kaminski, deputy editor, the ENDS Report

    Settling the score


    Isabella Kaminski: Twenty years is a very long time in politics. Since its inception, the Environment Agency has battled wave after wave of deregulation and attempts to merge it with other organisations or to scrap it altogether.

  • England's environmental regulator was set up in 1996. Photograph: Environment Agency

    The Environment Agency: 20 years of green progress


    Speaking to the former and current chief executives of England’s environment regulator, Isabella Kaminski looks back at two decades of regulation and enforcement, and asks what the future holds

  • VertaseFLI turned an old permitted landfill site into new housing

    Landfill: time to dig up the past


    As resources become scarcer, is it time to consider tapping into the value of legacy landfill sites? Conor McGlone investigates the potential for landfill mining in the UK

  • Ian Behling and Christine St John Cox: getting senior management sign-off has raised energy-efficiency’s profile

    Dealing with energy efficiency in a time of flux


    Government energy efficiency and carbon-reduction policies have been through many changes in recent years. Paul Hatchwell speaks to Christine St John Cox, business area manager, and Ian Behling, principal consultant, at Ricardo Energy & Environment about past successes and lessons for the future

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

    Brexit unlikely to give UK free rein over green laws


    Richard Macrory: On whichever terms Brexit occurs, a raft of international treaties means when it comes to formulating environmental laws the UK may find that no country is an island

  • Simon Birkett has campaigned to improve London's air quality for a decade. Photograph: Headshot London

    London needs a clean air revolution


    The capital needs to equal the ambition of the Clean Air Act 1956 to tackle its current air pollution menace, says campaigner Simon Birkett

  • Gordon Miller, co-founder and chief operating officer, Sustain Worldwide

    Make measuring the impact of a product matter more


    Gordon Miller: There are challenges in producing an environmental product declarations but the long-term benefits could help businesses meet their carbon-reduction commitments and cut costs

  • Rose O'Neill, water policy manager, WWF-UK

    Archaic abstraction system long overdue for reform


    Rose O'Neil: The government’s revamp of water abstraction offers a golden opportunity for it to reaffirm its commitment to the environment, ensure the economic use of water and adapt to climate change

  • Matthew Spencer has been director of Green Alliance for six years

    Matthew Spencer on the subtle art of influencing


    After six years at the helm of the influential thinktank Green Alliance, Matthew Spencer is taking up the post of head of campaigning at Oxfam. He talks to Conor McGlone about the choices that led him to this pivotal moment in his career

  • England’s nine water and sewerage companies have reduced pollution, leakage and greenhouse gas emission levels

    Infographic: Water firms’ green performance improves


    Water companies are improving their overall environmental performance, according to the latest figures from the Environment Agency (EA) and water companies.

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