ENDS Report Issue 317, June 2001

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  • Health impacts from pollution

    Urban pollution sources such as factories and traffic have a measurable impact on the health of young people, according to novel research using "biomarkers" in Belgium

  • Small generators left reeling

    CHP and wind generators are facing penalties under the new electricity trading arrangement (NETA) which exceed the benefits of exemption from the climate change levy

Waste management

  • Ballooning waste volumes

    Claims that municipal waste is growing by 3% or more per annum have been reinforced in the latest official statistics


  • M&S's plans on chemicals

    Marks and Spencer is the latest retailer to have drawn up a strategy for minimising the use of hazardous substances in products

  • "Carbon neutral" tag takes off

    ALFED, trade body for the energy-intensive aluminium industry, is the latest organisation to offset carbon emissions by planting trees


UK policy

  • IPPC guidance on energy

    Firms signing climate change levy agreements will not escape regulatory scrutiny on energy efficiency under the integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) regime

  • Resource productivity study

    A framework to allow resource productivity to be considered by Treasury officials alongside capital and labour productivity has been drawn up by the Cabinet Office

EU policy

  • Chemicals policy reform

    Ministers have told the European Commission to draw up more realistic proposals to achieve rapid action on chemicals


  • Scramble on packaging

    The UK looks set to miss the EC target to recover at least 50% of packaging waste by 2001 by five to seven percentage points

  • The benefits of being green

    A recent study sought to validate claims that good environmental performance is likely to benefit the bottom line

  • US energy plan

    President Bush says he will give a lead on climage change - but his energy plan says otherwise

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