ENDS Report Issue 346, November 2003

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  • Emissions allocations awaited

    Manufacturers coming under the EU emissions trading scheme await the Government's draft allocation plan with baited breath to see how competitiveness will be affected

  • Inspections hit new low

    The number of Environment Agency inspections of industrial processes and waste sites has dropped by a third while fines remain static

  • Firms' water plans savaged

    The Environment Agency has criticised water companies' resource plans for ignoring demand management and metering in favour of new reservoirs and desalination plants

Waste management

  • Fridge gas fiasco

    The effectiveness of the UK's first fridge recycling plants at recovering ozone-depleting gases is under scrutiny amidst concern over bad - and even illegal - practice


  • DuPont and biopolymers

    DuPont has ambitious plans for a new biopolymer made from maize - but appears not to have investigated the potential environmental impacts



  • WET Bill becomes WET Act

    The Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003 has gained Royal Assent putting in place a permit trading system to meet diversion targets required by the EU landfill Directive


  • Montreal Protocol deadlock

    The fifteenth meeting of parties to the Protocol has reached deadlock after chemicals firms and farmers sought to delay the phase out of the pesticide methyl bromide


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