Power List 2022: the UK's 100 most influential environmental professionals

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The inaugural ENDS Power List names the 100 UK environmental professionals who have made the greatest impact in the past two years – as nominated by their colleagues, clients and competitors

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ECO CHAMBER PODCAST: Biological annihilation, snail assault and 100 powerful people

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Listen as the ENDS Report team examines the green watchdog's first howl of disapproval, why developers are scrapping with Natural England over water, the government's plans for environmental assessment, who's made it on to the ENDS Report's inaugural power list, why we're in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, and why you shouldn't trust the paper bag enveloping your sausage roll.

Environmental Law

Is there a ‘false promise’ at the heart of DEFRA’s Habitats Regulations reforms?

Two swallows perched on wire

The government says it wants to reform EU-derived environmental protections to make them less complex, arguing that a simpler system would bolster nature’s recovery. But does the argument add up? Tess Colley reports

EIA Benchmarking Monitor

What does the demise of EIA mean for nature?

Aerial view of rows of houses with solar roofs

Plans to scrap the EIA regime as set out in the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill have sparked fears that the government is giving itself unfettered power to replace aspects of environmental impact assessment, as well as features of site-based and species-based protection. James Fair reports

Water pollution

What is plastic pollution doing to rivers and wildlife?

Plastic rubbish in a river

Rivers are having a bad time of it, suffering from all kinds of contamination, but little is known about the real impact plastic pollution is having on the UK’s water bodies, reports David Burrows

Biodiversity / conservation

Could the UK see the return of the lynx?

Lynx in a forrest

Hunted to extinction, the lynx has long been absent from the British Isles but proposals to bring it back are beginning to gain traction. Beaver and white-tailed eagles have been successfully reintroduced, could the lynx be next? James Fair reports

Carbon reporting

Is regulation needed to prevent net zero greenwashing?

Offshore oil rigs flaring gas

The run-in to COP26 had businesses racing to commit to net zero but there are concerns many of the targets were rushed and fall far short of what’s needed to keep temperatures below 1.5 degrees. David Burrows reports

Environmental Politics

Is DEFRA too ‘scared’ to consult on its environmental principles statement?

Statue of Lady Justice in front of the UK flag

The government has been called on to explain why a key environmental governance mechanism of the Environment Act has not been laid before Parliament. Tess Colley looks at why the environmental principles statement is so important and what its absence means

Environmental Law

EXCLUSIVE: Enforcement action by the water industry bounced back last year

Thames Water staff removing a fatberg

The risk of being prosecuted for trade effluent breaches or stealing water from the mains continues to be a postcode lottery, according to ENDS’ analysis of unpublished data from the industry

Environmental Law

Is now a good time to review DEFRA’s ‘fragmented and complex’ agencies?

Environment secretary George Eustice leaving Downing Street

Last month’s white paper on nature recovery revealed that ministers are considering overhauling the organisation of DEFRA’s arms-length bodies, seeking views from stakeholders on the benefits and risks of bringing all environmental regulation into a single body. What form might any new structure take? Catherine Early reports

Environment Act 2021

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Fines Monitor

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Waste water & sewage

MAPPED: The councils which saw the most sewage discharged in their areas in 2021

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The Liberal Democrats are seeking to weaponise river sewage pollution ahead of next month's local elections, as part of the party's attempt to take ‘Blue Wall’ seats from Conservatives. But which local councils have the biggest sewage pollution problem? ENDS has crunched the numbers to find out


MAPPED: The UK’s plastic waste exports

UK plastic waste export map

In 2021, the UK exported 469,405 tonnes of plastic waste, an analysis of official data by ENDS has found. Click through to see where this waste was sent using our interactive map

Environmental Law

The policy changes and compliance deadlines that need to be on your radar in the next three months

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Risk review – second quarter, 2022: The policy changes that need to be on your radar and the compliance deadlines to prepare for in the next three months and beyond. PLUS the most important prosecutions and court rulings of the past three months

Waste water & sewage

MAPPED: The storm overflows that spilled sewage 372,544 times in 2021

Screen shot of sewage map

Storm overflows in England discharged untreated sewage into rivers and the sea more than 370,000 times in 2021, official data published this week revealed. Click through to explore the data using our interactive map



Interview: The chair of Scotland’s new green watchdog talks about plans for investigations and maintaining independence

Jim Martin, chair of Environmental Standards Scotland

Jim Martin, chair of Environmental Standards Scotland, talks to ENDS about the nascent organisation’s early priorities, its first investigation and why independence from the Scottish government is crucial for the body’s credibility


Interview: Delivering a huge road-building programme in the face of the climate crisis

Stephen Elderkin

National Highways is a major owner of land in England and is currently carrying out one of the country’s largest infrastructure projects. How does a huge road building project make peace with the drive to go greener? Its new director of environmental sustainability, Stephen Elderkin, spoke to ENDS

Water pollution

Interview: Rebecca Pow on the great British sewage scandal

Rebecca Pow

What the environment minister thinks about illegal river pollution, the Environment Agency's culpability and leaving water companies nowhere to hide

Case studies

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a coastal flood defence project successfully piloted a new global standard for nature-based solutions

Aerial view of the Medmerry coastal defence scheme

A project that realigned 11 kilometres of the West Sussex coast, allowing low-lying land to be reclaimed by the sea and creating new wetland habitats, has become a ‘flagship’ nature-based solutions scheme and the first of its kind to successfully pilot a new global standard

Biodiversity / conservation

The debrief: How reuniting a Scottish burn with its floodplain is expected to deliver wider environmental benefits

A river restoration project in Scotland is seeking to deliver multiple environmental benefits, including reducing flood risk and helping create new habitats for struggling species such as Atlantic salmon

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a habitat restoration project is delivering environmental gains with a growing focus on carbon storage

A landscape-scale conservation project in Cambridgeshire that is seeking to connect two national nature reserves is evolving to reflect the importance of soil recovery and carbon sequestration for tackling climate change

Legal comment

Environmental Law

Why a ruling upholding approval for an oil well extension fails to rule out future scope for carbon emissions in EIAs

SImon Tilling, partner, Steptoe & Johnson

A recent case left the Court of Appeal split on whether emissions from the downstream use of fossil fuels should be the subject of environmental impact assessment, indicating that future decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis

Environmental Law

Why a legal challenge born of frustration over government progress on climate policy failed to gain traction

A failed attempt to find that the government had not met its own climate change commitments, impacting on human rights, reflects the frustration some climate change campaigners have with the political process

Environmental Law

Legal comment: Landscape may outweigh climate in wind farm decisions, finds Scottish court

The considerable discretion afforded to those determining consent applications for onshore wind farms has been confirmed in a case brought before the Outer House of the Court of Session

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From ENDS Waste & Bioenergy

Officer 2, Carriers & Brokers

The post holder will protect and enhance the environment by effective and efficient investigation of complex environmental offending with the emphasis on waste carriers and brokers offences.

Senior Officer – Industry & Waste Regulation

Through the Environment (Wales) Act, Natural Resources Wales has a new duty to pursue the sustainable management of natural resources (SMNR). Under the Act, NRW is also required to provide Area Statements that set out the natural resources in an area, the benefits they provide, and the priorities.

Environmental Manager

As the government’s housing accelerator, Homes England is one of the largest landowners in the country.

Fines Monitor

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Fines Monitor: live table

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Click through to view a live table containing details of tens of millions of pounds of financial penalties issued by regulators in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for breaches of environmental regulations... Read more


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ENDS Waste & Bioenergy

Tracking the waste-to-energy and biomass energy industries

ENDS Compliance Manager

Track legislation and demonstrate compliance in support of EHS management requirements