Regulation

EA chief signals departure from Water Framework Directive rules

EA chief signals departure from Water Framework Directive rules

Environment Agency chief Sir James Bevan has signalled his support for the reform of key aspects of environmental regulation and said red tape must not hinder a ‘green recovery’, in a speech today

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Water resources, efficiency

Countdown to Day Zero: what will happen when London runs out of water?

Countdown to Day Zero: what will happen when London runs out of water?

Two years ago Cape Town’s water supply was nearly shut off. Last year, Chennai officials declared 'Day Zero', with no water for eight million people. London could be next. Here's what their experiences tell us about what to expect when taps run dry

Regulation

How lockdown has changed the UK’s environmental regulators

How lockdown has changed the UK’s environmental regulators

Regulators had to adapt to new working conditions during lockdown and while some aspects were challenging, others were improved, prompting them to consider changing the way they work permanently. David Burrows reports

Brexit Hub Legislation

What targets should be set out in the Environment Bill?

What targets should be set out in the Environment Bill?

Green groups have welcomed the Environment Bill’s target-setting provision and a government paper determining the goals is imminent. James Fair asks what kind of targets the government should be aiming at

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Eustice’s ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’: 15 things you need to know

Eustice’s ‘deregulatory race to the bottom’: 15 things you need to know

The environment secretary set out plans to overhaul the EIA regime, beef up Natural England’s net gain role, fund natural capitals assessments and ditch some EU green laws in a major speech about the future of environmental policy yesterday. Green groups fear a ‘race to the bottom’. Here’s what you need to know

Renewable energy

Fuel of the future? 8 clean hydrogen projects you need to know about

Fuel of the future? 8 clean hydrogen projects you need to know about

Billed as the fuel of the future for high emitting sectors from aviation to steel, hydrogen is rapidly moving up the political agenda. ENDS takes you through eight of Europe’s most innovative projects

Environmental Politics

Boris Johnson’s green recovery plan: 10 things you need to know

Boris Johnson’s green recovery plan: 10 things you need to know

The prime minister has pledged massive investment in cleantech to help the UK’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, but there are concerns about his plans for new roads and streamlining the planning regime. ENDS sets out what you need to know

Policy

Green sector, white workforce: How the UK's regulators plan to become more diverse

Green sector, white workforce: How the UK's regulators plan to become more diverse

Green professions are among the least diverse in the UK. Adam Branson asks the UK environmental regulators what efforts are being made to ensure their workforces resemble society

Environmental Politics

On your radar: The updated post-pandemic policy and legislation calendar

On your radar: The updated post-pandemic policy and legislation calendar

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in major disruption to the timetabling of crucial environmental policy and legislation. Click through to find out how key dates have shifted and when we can now expect key developments to take place

Regulation

Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

Covid-19 guidance tracker: live table

Updated daily: Use our sortable and regularly updated table of business-critical environment-related Covid-19 operational updates, regulatory position statements and guidance documents to navigate the coronavirus crisis

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Environmental Law

Hillingdon Council wins appeal over HS2 mitigation site

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision requiring Hillingdon Borough Council to approve an application to carry out works related to the High Speed 2 rail link on a site with archeological importance

Biodiversity / conservation

England’s largest landowners failing to plant enough trees, finds report

Some of the biggest institutional landowners in England, including the Duchy of Cornwall and the Church of England, have levels of woodland cover on their land lower than the national average, according to Friends of the Earth

Water

‘Sigourney Beaver’ released on Cornish estate

A Eurasian beaver called Sigourney has been released in Bodmin Moor as part of a new rewilding project in Cornwall

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Air

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

London lockdown: Are pollution levels rebounding in the capital as Covid controls are eased?

Click through to view the latest data on how the Covid-19 crackdown has affected nitrogen dioxide levels at London's most polluted sites, and how the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures is impacting air quality

Environmental Law

How ecocide could be made an international crime

What would need to happen for the widescale, long-term and severe destruction of the environment to be made an international crime?

Biodiversity / conservation

The sixth extinction: The UK's most at-risk species and the fight to halt nature's decline

SPECIAL REPORT: 15% of species are formally classified as at risk of extinction in Great Britain. ENDS hears from those on the frontline of efforts to reverse nature's decline

Regulation

Environmental permitting: The pitfalls to avoid

What are the most common reasons for permit non-compliance and how can they be avoided? Adam Branson investigates

Enforcement

Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

There are some regulations that the Environment Agency has stopped enforcing entirely – does this reflect a change in the regulator’s approach to enforcement or a lack of capacity to tackle serious environmental crimes?

Case studies

Green buildings

The debrief: How a London council is using public transport to heat homes

The debrief: How a London council is using public transport to heat homes

An expanded district heat scheme deriving warmth from an unlikely source is helping more than a thousand homes cut their energy bills in north London

Plastics

The debrief: How a waste company is closing the loop for plastic bottles

Biffa combined its in-house knowledge with expertise from across Europe to build the UK’s first recycling plant turning PET back into food-grade PET

Waste water & sewage

The debrief: How a simple change helped a luxury carmaker slash its water use

Having switched to renewable electricity and gas, Bentley Motors has turned its attention to reducing water use at its Crewe factory. A first-of-its-kind project is projected to save hundreds of thousands of litres a year

Water

The debrief: How a new pipeline helped a water company avoid a costly Ofwat fine

A pipeline designed to increase the resilience of Bristol Water’s supply had to overcome a series of challenges, from protected species to school buses

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a Scottish project established the case for the return of beavers

The Knapdale trial, which kicked off UK beaver reintroduction after centuries of absence, has shown the biodiversity benefits of these “ecosystem engineers” but also the need for local engagement and a strong management plan, finds Jocelyn Timperley

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