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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.
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
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
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: Definitions of damage within the Environmental Liability Directive have been examined in an important judgment about a protected Welsh lake
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: 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 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: 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
The energy efficiency of homes in England and Wales is improving, shows the latest data on energy performance certificates (EPCs).
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News about the waste-to-energy and biomass energy industries from one of our sister sites www.endswasteandbioenergy.com/.