Environmental Law

How the wrong environmental assessment led to a water firm ending up in court

How the wrong environmental assessment led to a water firm ending up in court

A water firm had its permission to use an outfall pipe quashed after a court determined that it did not properly consider the potential environmental impacts of its discharge on a protected river. Adam Branson reports

Environmental Law

‘Significant changes’ afoot at Natural England

‘Significant changes’ afoot at Natural England

Natural England is pressing ahead with a new roadmap which will require “significant changes” in the way it works, its "staff capabilities" and its "income strategy", the regulator’s latest board meeting minutes reveal

Energy from waste

Council in court over plans for £650m incinerator that could ‘discourage recycling’

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has been taken to court over claims that a £650m contract it awarded for an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant could result in the incineration of recyclable material, counter to the government’s waste and resources strategy

Waste

Waste bosses guilty of abandoning 2,000 tonnes of rotting waste

Three waste bosses have been found guilty of major permitting failures which led to thousands of tonnes of rotten waste being stockpiled and deserted

Environmental Law

'More agile regulation': Government to adopt innovation test to support 'fourth industrial revolution'

The government will pilot a scheme to assess the potential impact on innovation while drawing up and implementing policy, an idea that critics have said could undermine the precautionary principle

Environmental Politics

Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Net-zero by 2050: 15 things you need to know

Theresa May has committed to slashing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 after the Committee on Climate Change's report deemed it “necessary, feasible and cost-effective”. Here are 15 things you need to know about the committee's recommendations

Environmental Politics

‘An historic decision’: May to enshrine net-zero greenhouse gas ambition in law

‘An historic decision’: May to enshrine net-zero greenhouse gas ambition in law

Prime minister Theresa May has announced that she will table legislation to enshrine a 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas ambition in law, in what is being hailed as an historic moment in the battle to curb climate change

Recycling

Councils in opposition to UK-wide single waste collection system

Representatives from local authority waste trade associations have argued there should not be a single system of collection across the UK as part of the government's plans to introduce consistency measures through its waste and resources strategy