• Niche substances are particularly at risk of being 'orphaned' under REACH – Susanne Baker, techUK

    Supply fears still loom large as REACH deadline nears

    Susanne Baker: Users of niche chemicals are particularly vulnerable to supply risks when the final round of REACH registrations ends next May. Some flexibility may be needed to assess how complex supply chains are evaluated

  • 'We must move in the direction of one-planet living, if we are to continue to prosper' – Terry A'Hearn, chief executive, SEPA

    A new focus to guide firms towards resource efficiency

    Terry Hearn: Novel partnerships, disruptive business models and new ways of thinking are needed to achieve sustainability and stop using more resources than one planet can provide

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

    Court puts limits on liability for contaminated land

    Richard Macrory: The Court of Appeal has ruled that a successor local authority should not be liable for land contamination caused by its predecessor where no liability existed at the time of reorganisation

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Holding the thin green line

    Paul Hatchwell: How to support the ever thinner green line? DEFRA has turned to outsiders to make up its staffing shortfall, but an experienced hard core of civil servants is still needed to make sense of policy advice

  • 'A key issue of a modern EIA is separating pertinent data from the masses of available information' – Rufus Howard, director of sustainable development, Royal HaskoningDHV

    Digital reporting is the way forward for EIA statements

    Rufus Howard: Web-based environmental statements are on the way. Such a format can help users navigate these increasingly data-heavy documents through more interactive, user-friendly engagement

  • 'Energy is in critical need of clear, far-sighted government strategy' – Louise Kingham, chief executive, Energy Institute

    Ministers must act to attract energy investment

    Louise Kingham: Brexit uncertainty is scaring off investors, and with the UK set to lose £2.5bn in European Investment Bank loans and EU funds, we need long-term policy to boost confidence

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

    Supreme court warns against legalistic view on housing

    Richard Macrory: A judge has delivered guidance on the interpretation of housing policy in the National Planning Policy Framework that will be helpful to planners, developers and other stakeholders

  • Isabella Kaminski, deputy editor, ENDS Report

    Law and disorder

    Isabella Kaminski: We went to press as the UK began formal negotiations on leaving the EU. It is an important moment for the UK politically, but an absolutely crucial one for its environment

  • Michael Phelan, chief executive and co-founder, Endeco Technologies

    Adapt or die in fast-changing grid-balancing market

    Michael Phelan: Up to half of demand-side-response services companies are likely to disappear over the next two years, favouring those with more experience and the technical expertise to act quickly

  • Trewin Restorick, founder and chief executive, Hubbub

    Litter strategy is nothing but a huge disappointment

    Trewin Restorick: Despite a need for leadership, the government’s long-awaited litter strategy offers nothing new and dodges growing calls for charges on disposable plastic items

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