ENDS Report Issue 504, February 2017

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Highlights in this issue

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Tearing up the script

    Comment

    Two massive political shocks either side of the Atlantic over the past eight months have begun to reshape cherished international environment and climate policy in divergent and unpredictable ways.

  • Decommissioning of Dounreay nuclear plant (photograph: Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd and NDA)

    Dismantling a nuclear legacy

    Analysis

    It will cost at least £161bn to clean up 17 nuclear sites across the UK, and the challenges involved are many and complex. Rob Edwards sets out the immense scale of the nuclear decommissioning task ahead

  • Hugh Jones, managing director of advisory, The Carbon Trust

    Why are corporates getting scientific over climate?

    Comment

    Hugh Jones: Some large companies are deciding to set science-based targets on climate change and are even looking at what might be needed to achieve the 1.5°C ambition. What’s in it for them?

  • Dr Peter Bonfield, chairman, Property Flood Resilience Action Plan

    Preparation is everything when talking flood resilience

    Comment

    Peter Bonfield: As floods become more common, a DEFRA-appointed team is working on measures to encourage householders and businesses to make their properties more resilient to flooding

  • Highview Power Storage is looking to scale-up and commercialise its 15-megawatt hour liquid air energy storage plant design in Manchester (photograph: Highview Power Storage)

    Leading the charge

    Analysis

    Intermittent renewable generation, capacity shortages and a new smart energy market are driving electricity storage towards becoming a viable commercial option. But barriers remain. Paul Hatchwell investigates

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

    EU law allows flexibility in charging for water services

    Comment

    Richard Macrory: A recent court case confirmed that member states have a fair amount of flexibility in setting water tariffs to encourage efficient use of resources while recovering costs for services

  • Mark Barrett, professor of energy and environmental systems modelling, UCL Energy Institute

    Developing the best models to guide energy policy

    Comment

    Mark Barrett: Modelling energy systems is a complex process, with the potential for bias and the added difficulty of predicting future behaviour, but it is vital for formulating good energy policy

  • Ian Ross, partner and global PFAS lead, Arcadis

    Time to respond to growing global concern over PFAS

    Comment

    Ian Ross: A group of new contaminants is triggering significant media and regulatory attention in the US, Europe and Australia, with particular concern over the impact on drinking water safety

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    Infographic: Councils feel the pinch over local pollution

    Analysis

    Councils across England are struggling to meet the costs of local pollution control and the service is at breaking point.

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