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  • Delays in implementation of new RHI tariffs threaten prolonged policy uncertainty for the biomass energy sector. Photograph: Peter Robinson CC BY-SA 2.0

    RHI reforms face further delays

    Controversial changes to renewable heat incentive tariffs and sustainability criteria have been delayed again due to the snap general election

  • Dr Chris Tuppen, founder of Advancing Sustainability Ltd

    Insider Insight – Chris Tuppen

    Dr Chris Tuppen, founder of Advancing Sustainability Ltd with 27 years experience in sustainability, shares his careers insights

  • Anaerobic digestion plants are increasingly turning from generation to biomethane injection into the grid. Photograph: Future Biogas

    Decarbonising the UK: time to step on the gas?

    Biomethane could play a significant role in decarbonising heat and transport in the UK but it faces policy uncertainty and competing priorities for its use. Paul Hatchwell investigates

  • London has a poor recycling rate compared to the rest of the country. Photograph: Anthony Baggett/123RF

    London to target improved recycling in flats

    The London Waste and Recycling Board plans to spend £50m over the next three years to boost recycling in the capital

  • Fining offenders may be more cost-effective than prosecuting them. Photograph: Brian Robert Marshall

    Calls to get tough on waste crime

    A spike in prosecutions following a temporary funding boost has highlighted the difficulty the Environment Agency faces in fighting criminal activity that costs the UK more than £560m a year. Conor McGlone reports

  • SEPA has opened opened a consultation on the recovery and disposal of waste in quarries. Photograph: 123RF

    SEPA proposes waste management licences for quarry restorations

    Scotland hopes to encourage the sustainable use of resources by classing the use of waste to restore quarries as a recovery operation

  • The waste industry has consistently called for a resources strategy for England. Photograph: Huguette Roe/123RF

    DEFRA urged to set out ambitious post-Brexit resources policy

    Business experts say the UK government must “urgently” develop a resource efficiency policy if it is to continue making gains as exemplified by schemes such as the EU-funded REBus project

  • The EA  has confirmed the panel has been closed indefinitely. Photograph: shotsstudio / 123RF

    Environment Agency scraps definition of waste panel

    The quiet closure of the panel will leave businesses with a risky dilemma but it could also pave the way for a more liberal approach from the EA on waste classification

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