ENDS Report Weekly, 17 March 2011

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Sustainabilitylive! 24-26 May 2011, NEC, Birmingham

Sustainabilitylive! is the UK’s largest event for the environment, water, land, energy and sustainability sectors. The event provides insightful seminars, interactive feature areas and lots more all designed to help companies work for a sustainable future. Register for free here.


MCerts Air Monitoring Event

The MCerts Air Monitoring Event is the specialised event dedicated to legislation standards and applications associated with Emissions Monitoring. Run with the Environment Agency visitors can network with over 60 exhibiting companies, attend over 70 training/technical workshops and meet the key regulators. Find out more here.

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  • Agency plugs away at closed landfill legacy

    The Environment Agency’s efforts to quantify and control the risks posed by old landfill sites is showing results. The regulator recently issued data based on groundwater and landfill gas risks.
  • Bend the rules to make a big green bank, say MPs

    The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is concerned that bureaucratic rules on public sector debt could undermine the proposed Green Investment Bank. A report by the MPs offers some solutions.
  • Thames ponders sewage reuse after reservoir scrapped

    The environment department (DEFRA) has told Thames Water to rewrite its plans to meet the demand needs of its customers over the next 25 years. It could lead to Thames developing the UK’s largest effluent reuse scheme to provide drinking water.
  • Seasonal tariff trial cuts water use

    Wessex Water is seeing significant cuts in water use in trials of rising block and seasonal tariffs, but more limited trials in other firms have not met with success
  • UK Carbon Plan aims for accountability

    The coalition has set out its vision for moving the UK to a low-carbon economy, committing to specific timescales for policy delivery by its key departments. But there is as yet little detail on policies or a quantitative breakdown of UK carbon budgets by sector and departmental responsibility.
  • UK wins qualified delay for meeting EU particulate limits

    The European Commission has put back the deadline for London to meet particulate standards. But avoiding prosecution depends on the mayor of London drawing up short-term measures for air pollution hotspots.
  • DfT lowers biofuel targets but avoids 2020 decision

    The government is consulting on transposing the transport elements of the Renewable Energy Directive, and some parts of the Fuel Quality Directive, into UK law. But it has avoided tough decisions on future biofuel use these present.


The Castle Debates 2011 - Environmental aspects: science, law and policy

The inaugural Castle Debates 2011 – a series of high-level environmental debates with leading scientific, legal and governmental speakers, organised in association with the Law Society and Sykes Environmental, will be held on a monthly basis between February and June 2011. The debates will address: the future for renewable energy and heat; sustainable buildings; UK water security; sustainable transport; and farming and food security. For more information or to register, click here


Green Monday, 4th April 2011, Central London.

Green Monday – Central London – April 4th 2011 – The £25bn investment opportunity – through the lens of a MAC curve (McKinsey, BT & Royal Mail) We want to challenge our hypothesis that there is £25bn worth of attractive investment opportunities in carbon abatement in the biggest 2,000 companies in the UK. Apply now


Schneider Electric attending EE Global Forum in Brussels

During EE Global Forum, Schneider Electric will showcase integrated solutions to optimize energy use wherever people live and work. Our vision is of a world where we can all achieve more while using less of our common planet. Toward that end, our mission is to help people make the most of their energy. Learn more when you visit www.SEreply.com and download our FREE energy efficiency white paper – an €85 value!http://www.sereply.com/promo/get.cfm?keycode=87219t

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