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Pathway to smart grid markets called for by trade body  

A consultation on the best way to create markets for distributed energy has been launched by Energy Networks Association

Report envisages UK bioenergy crop sector boom

Financial support for second generation energy crops could help create thousands of jobs, ETI paper finds

Electricity network operators face delayed connection fines

Penalties of £14m could be imposed on distribution network operators for slow response to network connection-related requests from renewable generators and other network users

Landowners at greater risk of contaminated land liability

Landowners could be liable for historic contaminated land after the Court of Appeal ruled that a local authority could not be held liable for an old landfill site because it had restructured.

ECHA consults on toxic chemical applications

Six requests to continue using carcinogens mark a clash between the economic and environmental objectives of REACH

Welsh government plans target to halve food waste

Wales is to follow in the footsteps of Scotland by setting the UK’s second national food waste target

Questions remain after Green Bank sale completes

What was the Green Investment Bank has become the Green Investment Group, an arm of Australian bank Macquarie

Waste criminal gets suspended sentence after lumping landowner with £450,000 bill

The director of a waste company will carry out unpaid work after being convicted of failing to comply with an enforcement notice, despite claiming he did not receive one

Scotland and Wales highlight post-Brexit threat to environmental ambition

Scotland and Wales have signalled their intent to fight for more control over repatriated EU environmental laws after Brexit to safeguard high environmental standards

ClientEarth probes DEFRA's air quality plan

The campaigning lawyers look likely to take DEFRA to court over its nitrogen dioxide pollution failings for the ninth time

Neonic poses 'real threat' of bumblebee extinction

Neonicotinoid pesticide thiamethoxam seriously damages the reproductive success of bumblebees, according to researchers

Repeat waste offender ordered to pay £4,000

Buckinghamshire County Council has successfully brought about its twelfth prosecution for fly-tipping offences since the beginning of July

Tool assesses corporate carbon pricing risks

Assessing corporate risks and opportunities from carbon pricing should be easier following launch of a new tool by Trucost

Cornish lithium plan moves to exploration phase

Lithium-rich brine is set to be mined from deep hot springs flowing through Cornish granite to help supply strategic materials used in electric vehicle and storage batteries

Industry study predicts EfW undercapacity

As the EfW controversy rumbles on, those on either side of the argument have drawn almost opposite conclusions

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Controls on low-level nuclear waste disposal relaxed

Restrictions and liability cover requirements for low-level nuclear waste disposal and for transport of nuclear materials are to be eased

SEPA consults on charging more for non-compliance

SEPA is looking at plans to ensure persistent poor performers are pay more in fees, reflecting the additional effort needed to regulate them

Bristol considers charging car drivers

Bristol City Council is mulling a clean air zone for much of the city, which could force drivers of older private cars to pay for entry

Britain urged to boost offshore generation

Within three decades, the UK’s chief source of electricity should be offshore wind, says consultancy Ecofys

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