ENDS Report Issue 350, March 2004

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  • DEFRA's cash squeeze

    Budget cuts at DEFRA have forced the Environment Agency to cut inspections and shelve plans to combat fly-tipping

  • £2bn Thames clean-up plan

    A massive engineering project to protect the Thames from sewer overflows has been given an initial go-ahead

  • Bird trouble for offshore wind

    Conservation groups have warned that many proposed sites for offshore wind farms may fall foul of EU rules on preserving habitats

Waste management

  • Row over packaging regime

    An investigation has been launched into claims that the packaging regime disadvantages firms outside compliance schemes


  • Philips leads on eco-design

    Electronics giant Philips is increasing the number of "green flagship" products with a better environmental performance than competitors


UK policy

  • Beckett's water bombshell

    Ofwat has been told to cut water companies' investment plans back to little more than the minimum needed to meet statutory obligations

  • Crunch time for trading

    Important details of the UK's emissions trading allocation will not be finalised for several months - and other Member States are struggling to finalise their plans by the deadline

  • Mounting concerns on WEEE

    The Environment Agency has called for urgent clarification of key details of the proposed package to implement the WEEE Directive


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