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Case study: net gain

In 2016, a council introduced a policy requiring a 20% biodiversity net gain on developments. How has it worked out?

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Policy briefing

More companies will have to report their energy use and carbon emissions when new rules enter into force on 1 April

Waste

No-deal Brexit: DEFRA urges waste firms to review export contingency plans

No-deal Brexit: DEFRA urges waste firms to review export contingency plans

Waste firms should review their export contingency plans in case of disruption at ports should...

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Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

A requirement to examine the impact of policymaking on innovation is set to enter EU law for the first time. Simon Pickstone examines whether it threatens environmental principles - and what it means for Brexit Britain

Contaminated land

Why it's taking 20 years to clean up one of Scotland’s most polluted industrial sites

Why it's taking 20 years to clean up one of Scotland’s most polluted industrial sites

Parts of southern Glasgow and Rutherglen are seriously contaminated with historic industrial waste. Gareth Simkins looks into why it is taking so long to tackle

Water resources, efficiency

Data check: Water abstraction in England

Data check: Water abstraction in England

A look at the latest estimates of direct abstraction from non-tidal surface water and groundwater

The debrief: How a district licensing scheme is raising funds from developers to protect newts

The debrief: How a district licensing scheme is raising funds from developers to protect newts

One Midlands scheme aims to show that with the right strategy and people in place, district licensing can throw off the ‘licence to trash’ label

Carbon & energy efficiency

Policy briefing: Get ready for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, Phase 2

Policy briefing: Get ready for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, Phase 2

Organisations must notify the Environment Agency by 5 December 2019 to comply with their obligations under a scheme requiring large firms to assess their energy use

Products & Chemicals

Fact checker: Has the UK led EU chemical regulation?

The UK has tried to ban some chemicals faster than other EU members want, the minister has claimed. How do the facts stack up?

Latest news

Planning & land use

Government fast-tracks five garden towns with £3.7m funding

Five proposed garden towns comprising tens of thousands of new homes will share nearly £4m of government funding intended to fast-track the planning work necessary for their development, the housing minister has announced

Products & Chemicals

No-deal Brexit chemicals registration timeline set out by government

Deadlines for registering with the UK’s new chemicals regulation in the event of a no-deal Brexit, have been set out by government

Waste

Environment Agency doubles list of convictions to be declared in permit applications

The Environment Agency (EA) has extended the list of convictions that must be declared when a person applies for an environmental permit for waste activities or installations

Compliance Deadlines

Plan ahead with our Calendar feature highlighting upcoming compliance deadlines

Compliance Search

Discover all ENDS content in one place, including legislation summaries to keep up to date with compliance deadlines

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Natural capital

Spring statement: six things you need to know

Spring statement: six things you need to know

Here's what you need to know about the new green measures set out in chancellor Philip Hammond's spring statement

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

Brexit war games: It’s 30 March and the UK has crashed out of the EU – what happens next?

On 29 March, the UK could exit the EU on World Trade Organisation terms. What would that mean for environmental policy?

Environmental Law

Making crime pay: are enforcement undertakings leading to better outcomes?

Enforcement undertakings have raised more than £11m for good causes since 2011, exclusive ENDS analysis reveals, but are they leading to better outcomes for business and nature?

Land, Ecology & Development

Interview: What one of Britain’s biggest housebuilders thinks about net gain, nature and knotweed

Redrow sustainability chief Nicola Johansen gives ENDS a housebuilder’s take on how DEFRA’s plans for biodiversity net gain will work in practice

Energy

Policy Briefing: Streamlined energy and carbon reporting

More companies will have to report their energy use and carbon emissions when new rules designed to simplify the reporting process enter into force on 1 April

Case studies

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: Inside a council’s pioneering biodiversity net gain planning policy

The debrief: Inside a council’s pioneering biodiversity net gain planning policy

In 2016 Lichfield District Council introduced a policy requiring a 20% biodiversity net gain on developments. How has the approach worked out?

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How Sussex farmers have made a return to nature pay

Cited in the government’s 25-Year Environment Plan, the Knepp Estate in Sussex has allowed free-roaming animals to shape the land into a mix of habitats. James Fair reports on this pioneering project

Environmental management systems

The debrief: How compostable bags are helping a retailer cut its plastics use

Co-op is offering compostable carrier bags at 1,000 stores, but barriers may prevent wider take-up. Conor McGlone visits the Italian facility that supplies the new biodegradable bags to the retailer

Energy

The debrief: How Nestlé halved its emissions and slashed its water use

Food and drink giant Nestlé has cut water use by 60% and halved its greenhouse gas emissions over the past 10 years. Paul Hatchwell looks at its award-winning approach and lessons learned

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a farming scheme is delivering public goods for the environment

Existing agri-environmental practices are seen as inflexible and not always successful. A now-extended pilot project pays farmers according to results. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

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