ENDS Report Issue 500, October 2016

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Highlights in this issue

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Back to the future

    Comment

    Paul Hatchwell: Welcome to the 500th issue of the ENDS Report. Over the past 38 years the quality of much of the UK’s environment, and the policies governing it, have improved almost beyond recognition.

  • A project to secure an old landfill site at Trow quarry cost £1.8m. Photograph: Leannetpf/Flickr

    Landfill: What lurks beneath

    Analysis

    More than 21,000 closed landfill sites are strewn across England and Wales, with little known about the scale of their impacts on the environment. Rachel Salvidge digs deep to unearth an unwanted legacy

  • Northumberlandia, known as the Lady of the North, is an award-winning £3m project created using clay and soil from the Shotton surface mine. Photograph: Chris/Flickr

    Opencast mining: Filling the void

    Analysis

    Too many opencast mines have been left without money to restore them after the owners went out of business. Some firms have specialised in rescuing these sites, but more needs to be done to safeguard restoration funds. Jez Abbot reports

  • Keith Brierley: focus is shifting from encouragement to enforcement

    EA set to toughen up on ESOS compliance

    Analysis

    Despite evidence of increasing awareness and action, non-compliance issues have made it a slow year for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. Paul Hatchwell talks to Keith Brierley, senior environment and business adviser for the Environment Agency

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

    Court of Appeal makes first damage ruling

    Comment

    Richard Macrory: Definitions of damage within the Environmental Liability Directive have been examined in an important judgment about a protected Welsh lake

  • Jonathan Church is a lawyer in ClientEarth’s climate and energy team

    Climate Change Act will force government into action

    Comment

    Jonathan Church: Unlike most environmental laws, the CCA makes carbon emissions targets legally binding, raising the prospect of the government ending up in court for failing to meet them

  • Stephen Shergold, partner and head of Dentons Environment Practice Group

    Post-EU environmental law: opportunities for leadership

    Comment

    Stephen Shergold: The UK can combine the legacy of the more successful EU legislation with its own experience to create sustainable businesses models that can be exported across the globe

  • Peter Zaman, partner, Reed Smith

    Britain considers carbon trading in a post-Brexit world

    Comment

    Peter Zaman and Nicholas Rock: The knock-on effects of Brexit for emissions trading in Europe will be numerous, for EU states as well as the UK. The timing of departure and the UK’s future relationship with the EU will be key

  • Matthew Bell, chief executive, Committee on Climate Change

    Innovation relies on existing technology and clear policy

    Comment

    Matthew Bell: There is no guarantee that invention will lead to rapid diffusion of low-carbon technology. We need policies that cultivate existing technology alongside innovation to keep moving forward

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    Infographic: Housing's energy efficiency on the rise

    Analysis

    The energy efficiency of homes in England and Wales is improving, shows the latest data on energy performance certificates (EPCs).

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