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  • Dr Anne-Marie Warris

    Insider Insight: Dr Anne-Marie Warris

    Dr Anne-Marie Warris, director of consultancy Ecoreflect and current chair of the International Organization for Standardization technical sub-committee responsible for environmental management systems standards, shares her insights

  • The environment secretary will have his hands full at DEFRA. Photograph: Policy Exchange

    Gove faces daunting list of environmental challenges

    ENDS asked key green groups which actions Michael Gove should prioritise during his time at DEFRA and concludes that the new environment secretary has his work cut out

  • Scandals such as VW being caught cheating on diesel car emissions tests have highlighted the important role of technical standards. Photograph: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt

    High standards: a better way to regulate?

    Technical and organisational standards permeate many areas of business life but are often invisible or misunderstood. Isabella Kaminski explores how they dovetail with environmental regulation and asks whether the system could be improved

  • Theresa May will be rueing her decision to call an early election. Photograph: Mykhaylo Palinchak/123RF

    Election result hints at softer Brexit

    The Conservative Party’s loss of a majority diminishes the threat of crashing out of the EU without green strings attached, say commentators

  • Frazer Mackay

    Insider Insight: Frazer Mackay

    Frazer Mackay, managing director for energy and industry at consultancy WSP, shares some career insights

  • Just because electric vehicles are smoke free does not mean they have no impact. Photograph: Andrea Lehmkuhl/123RF

    A lighter shade of green

    Switching road transport from oil to battery power will be better for the environment in many ways, but it is does not come without downsides. Gareth Simkins takes a closer look at electric vehicles

  • Cat Hirst

    Insider Insight: Cat Hirst FREE

    Cat Hirst, director of learning and innovation at the UK Green Building Council, shares her career insights

  • Updated EIA regulations in force from 16 May 2017. Photograph: William Perugini/123RF

    EIA: Summary of revised UK regulations

    EIA Directive 2014: Changes to environmental impact assessment regulations in the UK that came into force on 16 May

  • Theresa May has called a snap general election to take place on 8 June. Photograph: Burmakin Andrey/123RF

    Manifestos reveal how Brexit will shape green policy

    The environment is unlikely to be a major topic of discussion in the looming general election but it will be heavily influenced by the result

  • Businesses, including BT, are turning to science-based targets as a way of setting credible emission-reduction goals. Photograph: Cathy Yeulet/123RF

    Science-based targets take on emissions

    A growing number of high-profile companies are adopting carbon reduction targets based on their contribution to global emissions and the Paris Agreement. Paul Hatchwell looks at how a more science-based approach is giving firms greater confidence about their sustainability goals and the resources needed

Comment

  • Dr Andy Rees, head of waste strategy, Welsh government

    How we can learn from the Welsh recycling success story

    Despite already being a recycling trailblazer, Wales is consulting on a further increase to its recycling target, providing a lesson in waste management that can be learned across the rest of the UK.

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

    When is a journey not a journey in the eyes of the law?

    Richard Macrory: A recent Court of Appeal decision reaffirmed the statutory immunity for noise nuisance caused by aircraft. Much rested on defining whether a ‘journey’ has to actually go anywhere

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Time for a more scientific approach

    Paul Hatchwell: The Paris Agreement seem far removed from the daily concerns of businesses balancing energy efficiency and emissions reduction investments against other compliance and competitiveness issues. But it is not.

  • Matthew Farrow, executive director, Environmental Industries Commission

    Air quality plan fails to show ‘strong and stable’ leadership

    Matthew Farrow: The public’s attitude to air pollution has shifted, yet the government’s reluctance to act decisively for fear of alienating motorist groups and business lobbies is taking its toll

  • Bob Evans, visiting fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

    Consider a catchment-based approach to alleviate erosion

    Bob Evans: How to mitigate the impact of water runoff that strips land of nutrients and pesticides is up for debate as the sector seeks to protect the environment and reduce the risk to agriculture

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

    EU air pollution ruling will still hold sway after Brexit

    Richard Macrory: Another strict interpretation of air quality rules by the European court will add to case law that courts in the UK will be bound to refer to, even after it leaves the EU

  • Dieter Helm, professor of energy policy, University of Oxford

    The endgame for fossil fuels is not what you may think

    Dieter Helm: We need to rethink energy, jettison the fallacy of peak oil and ever rising fossil fuel prices, and instead focus on R&D and new digital and renewables technologies

  • Rachel Salvidge, features editor, ENDS Report

    Bonfire of the strategies

    Plan after strategy after bill has been lofted into the fire, fuelled by Brexit and fanned by Theresa May’s snap election

  • Andrew Bird, chair, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee

    Look beyond recycling rates for true waste reduction

    Andrew Bird: We need to move away from a narrow focus on weight-based recycling targets and extend producer responsibility to help local authorities improve their waste management

  • Dr Joanne Nightingale, principal research scientist in Earth observation and climate, National Physical Laboratory

    New data to aid innovation in fight against climate change

    Joanne Nightingale: A European initiative is providing unprecedented access to a wealth of Earth observation data that will be turned into products and services to help mitigate the effects of climate change

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