ENDS Report Issue 508, June 2017

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Highlights in this issue

  • 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.

  • 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

  • ENDS Environment After Brexit conference

    Government challenged to provide Brexit business certainty


    A strong case is being made to policymakers for continuing ambition on the environment after EU withdrawal, reports Isabella Kaminski, but will they listen?

  • Concerns around Brexit, incineration capacity and the impact on recycling rates are clouding the energy-from waste landscape in the UK. Photograph: Ian Sheppard/Alamy Stock Photo

    Rise of the incinerators?


    Experts are divided on the environmental benefits of an expansion of energy from waste in the UK, and Brexit is adding a sense of urgency to the debate. Conor McGlone reports

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust won Campaign of the Year award for its ‘Flight of the Swans’ project which saw ‘human swan’ Sacha Dench flying the Bewick’s swan’s migration route in a paramotor

    ENDS Environmental Impact Awards 2017 winners announced FREE


    Interface, a global flooring manufacturer, the Environment Agency’s internal environment management team, an energy efficient centre for medicine and a restoration project in the Swindale Valley were among the winners at yesterday’s ENDS Environmental Impact Awards ceremony

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    Infographic: WEEE collections continue to grow


    Since the UK implemented the recast EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive in 2012, it has consistently met its own targets for collecting electrical waste, this month's infographic shows.

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