Environmental Politics

BREAKING: Natural England industrial action to end 'for now'

Getty Images; Edwin Remsberg

The industrial action taking place at Natural England since January is to end next week, with trade union Prospect saying it has won concessions from the regulator

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Environmental Politics

ECO CHAMBER PODCAST: Rees-Mogg’s red tape battle, the return of the osprey, and England’s shrinking shoreline

Eco Chamber episode 14

Listen as the ENDS Report team examines Jacob Rees-Mogg's plans to axe all remaining EU laws in under four years, how the osprey could be making a comeback, and why homes on the UK’s east coast are literally falling into the sea

What has the precautionary principle ever done for us?

Jacob Rees-Mogg, minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency

As the government’s post-Brexit vision begins to take greater shape, the role of the EU-derived precautionary principle in UK policy-making is looking increasingly unclear. Isabella Kaminski explores how we got to this point, and the arguments in the principle’s defence

Regulation

Has DEFRA gone soft on farm pollution?

Tractor spreading manure

Agriculture is a major contributor to poor river health yet DEFRA wants to take an ‘advice-led approach’ to farm pollution and has directed the Environment Agency to refrain from prosecuting breaches of its 2018 farming rules for water. Is government taking too light a touch? asks Rachel Salvidge

Land, Ecology & Development

A nightmare of ELMS tweets: Has the government gone cold on landscape recovery?

Lake District

A Twitter spat has broken out over the future of the government’s nascent green farm subsidies, with green groups accusing the farming lobby of calling the shots and rewilders worried they are being sidelined, reports James Fair

Products & Chemicals

How Covid-19 exposed cracks in the medical waste system

Getty images - medical waste bins

Personal protective equipment has played a fundamental role in protecting lives and preventing the spread of Covid-19 but recent revelations around the burning of unused PPE has raised some questions around the disposal of medical waste. Pippa Neill explores the challenges faced by the current system

Environmental Law

Legal comment: Why courts are reluctant to challenge regulator decisions

Chala McKenna is a lawyer at Davidson Chalmers Stewart specialising in environmental law.

The rejection of a judicial review claim by a salmon farming company against the Scottish environmental regulator underlies the reluctance of the courts to interfere with decisions made by public authorities, writes Chala McKenna

Environmental Politics

How low pay and churn is destabilising DEFRA's regulators

Man walking near Caer Caradoc Hill in Shropshire

Inflation, low pay and churn has brought Natural England to the brink of strike action and is destabilising the Environment Agency. Things look set to get rocky, reports James Fair

Waste

Is waste incineration set to burn out?

Energy from waste plant

In May 2022, the Scottish government published an independent review calling for an immediate moratorium to be issued on planning permission for new incinerators. Pippa Neill explores what this might mean for the future of the UK incineration business

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

ENDS Report power list logo

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

Data & insight


Waste water & sewage

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

Image of sewage pollution map

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

Plastics

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

A lake with blue bell flowers in the foreground

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

Interviews


Regulation

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

Transport

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

How a ruling on charity law demonstrates a societal shift on investing in polluters

Nina Pindham

A ‘momentous’ High Court judgment has found that two charities are at liberty to exclude a swathe of potential investments for being overly carbon intensive – posing a warning to the financial sector and business in general

Environmental Law

Why a judge’s dissent on funding for a foreign gas project could further push the boundaries of climate law

Two judges were left split on how far a government agency should have delved into climate impacts when deciding to grant support for a large liquefied natural gas project in Mozambique, an outcome which may have wider consequences

Environmental Law

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

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

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Contaminated Land Officer

Provide technical advice on planning applications for new developments.

Environment & Social Advisor Specialist

The post holder will provide direct advice and guidance on environmental, recreational and heritage (ERH) matters to Programme, Project Managers and Developers to facilitate the development of complex, commercial energy projects on the NRW Managed Estate.

Installations Officer - Control of Major Accidents Hazards (COMAH) Regulation

This is an excellent opportunity for candidates who have practical industrial, consultancy or regulatory experience; who can apply their expertise in a pro-active regulatory role.

Conservation Environment Officer

This is an officer post within the Environment Team that covers Ceredigion. Our ‘patch’ is varied and interesting with a plethora of conservation designations, a long coastline and a bunch of challenging WFD waterbodies.

Officer 2 Environment Team (Permanent)

To develop and sustain natural heritage across North Powys. You will work to conserve wildlife and landscape, manage designated sites, respond to consultations with advice, and providing other professional advice relating to important habitats and protected species, often as part of a legal process.

Assistant Project Officer

You will deliver the programme of practical site restoration, monitoring and stakeholder engagement work planned for 7 Raised Bog sites all of which are Special Areas of Conservation. This is an excellent opportunity for people seeking an entry into a career in biodiversity conservation.

Officer 2 Environment Team (Fixed Term)

You will contribute to the delivery of our regulatory work on farms, permitted chicken farms, abtractions and water discharges. The role is both field and office based and you will work with a wide range of internal and external customers.

Fines Monitor


Air Fines Monitor

Fines Monitor: live table

Fines monitor

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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Europe

Europe's environmental news and information service

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ENDS Waste & Bioenergy

Tracking the waste-to-energy and biomass energy industries

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ENDS Compliance Manager

Track legislation and demonstrate compliance in support of EHS management requirements

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