ENDS Report Issue 509, July-August 2017

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Highlights in this issue

  • 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

  • Despite political and funding uncertainty affecting several large infrastructure projects, consultants at ENDS 2017 roundtable were upbeat about the future

    Environmental consultants confident but cautious


    EIA regulations, Brexit, resilience, species licensing and persistent pollutants were among the issues raised at this year’s ENDS environmental consultancy roundtable

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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    Infographic: A brief history of solar PV in the UK


    Solar PV deployment continued its ascent last year, but are the technology’s prospects starting to dim?

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