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    Infographic: Renewable electricity ahead but heat lags

    The UK’s low-carbon transition depends in large part on growth in renewable energy, yet progress towards 2020 targets under the EU Renewable Energy Directive remains uneven

  • Promising technology or “slightly bonkers”? Siemens and Scania’s hybrid lorry uses power from electric cables strung over a 2km stretch of Swedish motorway. Photograph: Scania

    What comes after diesel?

    Diesel fuels our economy, but its malign influence on air quality, contribution to climate change and the inevitable drying up of oil wells means this cannot last forever. Gareth Simkins investigates the alternatives

  • As well as being a safety risk, waste fires damage the environment through toxic smoke plumes, firewater run-off and hazardous residues. Photograph: West Midlands Fire Service

    Turning up the heat on fire prevention

    Waste fires continue to blight the industry. But with the regulator rejecting more than half of fire prevention plans so far, who is at fault and what steps can waste companies take to gain approvals? Conor McGlone reports

  • Alternative measures approved in fire prevention plans

    The Environment Agency's guidance on fire prevention plans sets out measures that waste companies can put in place to ensure their plans are approved, but it allows some alternative measures to be used

  • SEPA has been responsible for monitoring air quality since its birth, despite local authorities’ initial reluctance to surrender control

    SEPA: two decades of regulating Scotland

    Scotland’s environmental regulator was created at the same time as its southern counterpart but has taken its own path. Isabella Kaminski looks at SEPA’s unique challenges and talks to its current and former chief executives

  • Implementation of the Paris Agreement will influence $90trn in infrastructure investment to 2030. Photo: UNFCCC

    Paris Agreement set to catalyse huge low-carbon investment

    Massive business opportunities in low-carbon energy and wider sustainable development are expected once the Paris Agreement rule book is agreed

  • Keith Brierley: focus is shifting from encouragement to enforcement

    EA set to toughen up on ESOS compliance

    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

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    Infographic: Housing's energy efficiency on the rise

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

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

    Landfill: What lurks beneath

    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

  • The Blackamoor Lane landfill site, which was heavily contaminated before remediation (above), now contains more than 400 new homes (below). Photographs: RSK

    Landfill: Case study – Cleaning up Blackamoor Lane for housing


  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    From Paris to Marrakech

    Paul Hatchwell: What matters now for business is how quickly the recent paradigm shift in thinking on the need to tackle climate change translates into practical climate policy

  • Peter Skinner

    Insider Insight: Peter Skinner

    Peter Skinner, chief executive of Environment & Ground Engineering at consultancy AECOM, shares his career insights

  • Silke Goldberg, partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Brexit – an exit from the internal energy market?

    Silke Goldberg: Going it alone on energy would mean the UK loses out on market coupling and interconnection while still being restricted on state aid. It will slow down EU reforms too

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

    Brexit, environmental law and the Canadian model

    Richard Macrory: Canada and the EU have struck a deal that tries to enshrine environmental protection within the terms of trade. Any future UK-EU relationship should aim to be at least as ambitious

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Back to the future

    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.

  • Peter Zaman, partner, Reed Smith

    Britain considers carbon trading in a post-Brexit world

    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

    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

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

    Post-EU environmental law: opportunities for leadership

    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

  • Andy Wakefield, principal arboricultural consultant at consultancy AECOM shares some career insights

    Insider Insight: Andy Wakefield

    Andy Wakefield, principal arboricultural consultant at consultancy AECOM, shares some career insights

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

    Court of Appeal makes first damage ruling

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

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