ENDS Report Issue 342, July 2003

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  • RCEP challenges REACH

    The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution says its proposals on chemicals regulation will be cheaper and more effective than the European Commission's

  • Row over IPPC permitting

    Environment Agency inspectors are furious at plans to reduce their role in permit processing - while chemical firms fear site-specific knowledge will be lost

  • Big plans for offshore wind

    The Government is planning an ambitious expansion of offshore wind capacity - but it is not clear what the associated environmental impacts will be

Waste management

  • Packaging costs challenged

    The assumption that the UK packaging regime provides better value for money than systems in other EU countries is under fire


  • Nike retains greenhouse gas

    Nike has belatedly phased out use of a powerful greenhouse gas in its trainers - only to switch to another one


UK policy

  • Corporate reporting plans

    A DTI working group has proposed that company directors should consider stakeholders when deciding what environmental and social information should go into their OFRs



UK policy

EU policy


UK policy

EU policy


  • Spotlight on EMS auditors

    Regulators are keen to forge links between environmental management systems and permitting - but concern is growing about the quality of EMSs and their assessment

  • Power plants eye biomass

    The renewables obligation is encouraging coal-fired power stations to burn biomass - prompting a scramble for fuel sources

  • Product policy loses its way

    The EU White Paper on integrated product policy contains few concrete proposals - generating bitter disappointment among environmental groups

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