Land, Ecology & Development

DEFRA drives wider adoption of natural capital techniques

DEFRA drives wider adoption of natural capital techniques

The government has published a series of guidance, tools, datasets and case studies intended to help put an economic value on the natural environment

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Brexit Hub Policy

Policy changes that need to be on your radar in 2020

Policy changes that need to be on your radar in 2020

With the UK set to formally leave the EU at the end of this month, fundamental changes to environmental policy and legislation are on the cards. ENDS checks the policy radar to identify what you need to prepare for in the coming year

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Why the mooted Whitehall shake-up may come at the wrong time for DEFRA

Why the mooted Whitehall shake-up may come at the wrong time for DEFRA

Downing Street has hinted at major changes in Whitehall once the UK leaves the EU. But with DEFRA already grappling with a huge workload, does a shake-up make sense? Simon Pickstone investigates

Environmental Law

Environmental permitting: the sites the regulator forgot

Environmental permitting: the sites the regulator forgot

More than 1,600 permitted sites in England have not been inspected for at least three years, according to an analysis of Environment Agency data, while other sites have faced multiple checks in a single year

Why an inspector slammed a council’s environmental approach to its local plan

Why an inspector slammed a council’s environmental approach to its local plan

A planning inspector has asked a council to withdraw its local plan, asserting that its approach to air pollution and its effects on protected habitats is flawed. James Agyepong-Parsons looks at what went wrong

Energy from waste

What new EU rules could mean for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector

What new EU rules could mean for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector

A new waste incineration best available techniques reference document is likely to have major cost implications for the UK’s energy-from-waste sector. Conor McGlone reports

Environmental Law

The 8th deadly sin: how a campaign to establish a global law of ecocide is gathering momentum

The 8th deadly sin: how a campaign to establish a global law of ecocide is gathering momentum

Spurred on by deforestation in the Amazon, campaigners are calling for systematic environmental destruction to be made an international crime. The idea is gaining traction, with Pope Francis recently proposing “sins against ecology” be added to the teachings of the Catholic Church

Water pollution

Interview: What Surfers Against Sewage’s chief thinks about marine pollution and ‘monolithic’ water firms

Interview: What Surfers Against Sewage’s chief thinks about marine pollution and ‘monolithic’ water firms

Over the past 11 years, Hugo Tagholm has transformed the charity he heads from 'rickety organisation' to 'one of the leading and most authentic voices of the ocean'. But his fight to stop water companies polluting the coast is far from over

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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

DEFRA’s Brexit bills ‘fall short’ on climate change, warns Labour

The government’s key new bills on agriculture, fisheries and the environment do not go far enough to cut carbon dioxide emissions, shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard told parliament yesterday

Land, Ecology & Development

Council moots using housing grant to thaw phosphates planning freeze

A council has proposed dipping into a £2.2m housing grant to fund the mitigation of excess levels of phosphates in an EU-protected site, in a bid to unlock more than 1,000 homes stuck in its planning system

Climate change

UK’s climate assembly prepares for first meeting

A citizens’ assembly of people from across the UK will meet for the first time this weekend to discuss policies to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, as part of a parliament-backed project to democratise green decision making

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Biodiversity / conservation

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

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

Carbon & energy efficiency

Embodied carbon: Are developers reducing the climate impacts of their buildings?

Over half of a residential block's whole-life carbon emissions are associated with its construction and the materials used. How engaged is the development industry in tackling the problem?

Regulation

How to stay top of the compliance class

Nearly 1,600 sites lost their ‘A’ compliance ratings between 2016 and 2018. Experts talk to ENDS about the consequences of a compliance rating downgrade and how businesses can avoid it

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

Land, Ecology & Development

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

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

Waste

Case study: How one waste company got its top rating back

In 2015, Ellie Colson, director of transport and compliance at Colson Transport, ran into a spot of bother with the Environment Agency (EA). At the time, fires at two wood recycling plants had caused a national disposal issue and the only options open to the skip hire company were to landfill wood or stockpile it until the matter was resolved

Agriculture & forestry

The debrief: How farmers in England could deliver green gains after Brexit

A first-of-its-kind farming scheme in the UK could offer a new model for farming subsidy payments for improving nature after leaving the EU

Sustainability

The debrief: How a Belgian cement plant is blazing a trail to net-zero emissions

The cement industry has a long journey ahead if it is to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. One carbon capture demonstration project shows a possible way forward

Land, Ecology & Development

The debrief: How a partnership is transforming a scarred moorland landscape

The soils in some areas of peatland in the South Pennines were more acidic than lemon juice. Years of work by a pioneering partnership to improve the condition of the moors is returning degraded blanket bog to an active state

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