ENDS Report Environmental Law & Politics
August 10, 2020
 
News, analysis and comment about environmental regulations and enforcement and about environmental developments in Westminster, Holyrood and other UK centres, as well as in the EU and at international level, delivered weekly
 
How lockdown has changed the UK’s environmental regulators
How lockdown has changed the UK’s environmental regulators

30 Jul 2020

Regulators had to adapt to new working conditions during lockdown and while some aspects were challenging, others were improved, prompting them to consider changing the way they work permanently. David Burrows reports

 
 

In-depth

 
Interim National Food Strategy: 5 things it says about green issues
Interim National Food Strategy: 5 things it says about green issues

31 Jul 2020

Food entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby has set out recommendations on how the government should support environmental standards in the food system as the end of the Brexit transition period approaches. ENDS takes you through what you need to know

 
 
What targets should be set out in the Environment Bill?
What targets should be set out in the Environment Bill?

30 Jul 2020

Green groups have welcomed the Environment Bill’s target-setting provision and a government paper determining the goals is imminent. James Fair asks what kind of targets the government should be aiming at

 
 

Latest news

 
‘Gross oversimplification’: Jenrick’s planning reforms dismay green groups

The government’s plans to automatically greenlight house building in zones earmarked for development have been criticised by environmentalists as a ‘gross oversimplification’ of the planning process, but housing secretary Robert Jenrick says the plans will deliver ‘environmentally friendly’ homes from the outset

 
Landmark Irish ruling sets ‘global precedent’ for climate litigation

Legal campaigners have heralded a ruling from Ireland’s supreme court that has quashed the government’s climate action plan after finding it falls 'a long way short of the sort of specificity which the statute requires'

 
DEFRA dumps agricultural ‘greening’ ahead of subsidy reform

The government will end the 'so-called greening requirements' of the Common Agricultural Policy in England from next year, says environment secretary George Eustice. However, details of its replacement have not been settled

 
Brexit: Duplicating EU chemicals regulations ‘will cost sector £1bn’

The UK chemicals industry has warned that Brexit could cost the sector more than £1bn unless a data-sharing deal can be agreed with Brussels

 
Government agrees to implement EU Circular Economy Package

The UK, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland governments will legislate to implement the EU Circular Economy Package (CEP) without further consultation, they said today in a joint statement

 
‘A dark day’: Chris Packham loses HS2 challenge

Conservationist Chris Packham has lost his appeal to challenge the government over the HS2 high-speed rail scheme

 
1,360 sites in England breach legal nitrogen dioxide limits

While their number has dipped, there are still 1,360 locations across England that breach the legal limit on nitrogen dioxide, according to an analysis by Friends of the Earth

 
Brexit: Lords committee urges government to find ‘common ground’ on the level playing field

The government should reconsider its opposition to upholding green protections as part of a free trade deal with the EU, according to a House of Lords committee that argues they would be ‘beneficial for the UK’

 
 

Most-read

 
‘Deergate’: Goldsmith under investigation following accusations of rogue rewilding
‘Deergate’: Goldsmith under investigation following accusations of rogue rewilding

30 Jul 2020

DEFRA board member and rewilding advocate Ben Goldsmith is being investigated by the police after falsely claiming he had recaptured a herd of red deer which had escaped from his Somerset estate

 
 
England’s 10 worst streets for air pollution
England’s 10 worst streets for air pollution

29 Jul 2020

More than 1,300 sites across England are in breach of legal air pollution limits with four of the dirtiest streets found in London, new data shows

 
 
Government agrees to implement EU Circular Economy Package
Government agrees to implement EU Circular Economy Package

30 Jul 2020

The UK, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland governments will legislate to implement the EU Circular Economy Package (CEP) without further consultation, they said today in a joint statement

 
 

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Fines Monitor: live table
Fines Monitor: live table

19 Aug 2019

Click through to view a live table containing details of tens of millions of pounds of financial penalties issued by regulators in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for breaches of environmental regulations

 
 

Latest Fines Monitor updates

 
New waste fine – total payout £24,125

15 July 2020

 
New water fine – total payout £84,151

15 July 2020

 

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Trainee / Senior Environmental Quality Officer (Land) Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, King's Lynn, Norfolk
Ecological Consultant Logika Consultants Ltd, London based - Would consider Bristol/ Warrington
Appointment of 3 Senior Board posts Environmental Standards Scotland, Scotland Central Belt
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