ENDS Report Weekly
May 25, 2019
 
Exclusive for subscribers, the ENDS Report weekly edition delivers comprehensive analysis of the key developments affecting environmental professionals, alongside the latest news, analysis, policy and legislation together in one place so that you have all the content that matters to you
 
Just how green is Boris Johnson?
Just how green is Boris Johnson?

24 May 2019

With Theresa May announcing her resignation, Boris Johnson is the bookies’ favourite to become the next prime minister. ENDS takes a look at his track record on environmental issues

 
 

News round-up

 
10 key things that happened this week
10 key things that happened this week

23 May 2019

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: ‘Back off’: ministers told Natural England to drop review of bird kill licences in 2014; ‘Lipstick on a pig’: MPs and green groups savage green Brexit proposals; Cuadrilla warned for releasing tonnes of methane...

 
 

Analysis

 
Why Gove stripped Natural England of its general bird kill licensing powers
Why Gove stripped Natural England of its general bird kill licensing powers

23 May 2019

A month has passed since Natural England revoked its general bird kill licences to the dismay of many in the landowning community, but the problem is far from solved. James Fair and Rachel Salvidge report

 
 
Why ministers are being accused of overstating 25-year plan progress
Why ministers are being accused of overstating 25-year plan progress

23 May 2019

DEFRA claims it is making good inroads into its environment plan but some observers are less sure, deeming its progress report to be unsatisfactory, self-congratulatory and lacking in detail. James Fair reports

 
 
Burning question: Why councils are sending low-grade plastics for incineration
Burning question: Why councils are sending low-grade plastics for incineration

24 May 2019

With some councils suggesting they will stop collecting certain types of low-grade plastics for recycling, Conor McGlone investigates how the lack of a market for the PET found in pots, tubs and trays is leading to increasing EfW levels in the UK

 
 
Policy briefing: How might the landscape for producer responsibility change?
Policy briefing: How might the landscape for producer responsibility change?

23 May 2019

A consultation on changes to the producer responsibility system has recently closed. Dominic Hogg looks at what impact these proposals might have on producers and local authorities

 
 
The debrief: how a water firm agreed a deal to remove individual protected species licence requirements

23 May 2019

Natural England’s approach to streamlining its regulatory process could help Southern Water achieve its five-year plan for environmental improvements

 
 
Fact checker: Is the UK a big hitter on emissions reduction?

23 May 2019

The UK’s current CO2 emissions stand at around 361 million tonnes – 39% below 1990 levels, according to the latest statistics from BEIS. ENDS takes a look at the figures

 
 

Most-read articles

 
Natural England says it cannot function on proposed budget cuts
Natural England says it cannot function on proposed budget cuts

20 May 2019

Plans to cut nature regulator Natural England’s dwindling budget by another 8% would leave it unable to perform its most fundamental functions, according to its latest board meeting minutes

 
 
Gove accused of spin over Natural England’s badger cull ‘u-turn’
Gove accused of spin over Natural England’s badger cull ‘u-turn’

17 May 2019

Natural England has performed a “complete about-turn” over the potential impacts of the badger cull on ground nesting birds, and environment secretary Michael Gove has “attempted to spin” the regulator’s position, according to a claimant in a recent High Court case

 
 
‘Lipstick on a pig’: MPs and green groups savage green Brexit proposals

22 May 2019

Theresa May’s pledge to maintain environmental standards after Brexit as part of a new Brexit proposal to be put before parliament has caused outrage among green campaigners

 
 
‘Back off’: ministers told Natural England to drop review of bird kill licences in 2014, MPs hear
‘Back off’: ministers told Natural England to drop review of bird kill licences in 2014, MPs hear

23 May 2019

A 2014 review of general bird kill licences was dropped after DEFRA ministers put pressure on Natural England to “back off”, according to the deputy chair of Natural England

 
 
Necessary works: how a county council justified the destruction of 17,000 rare orchids
Necessary works: how a county council justified the destruction of 17,000 rare orchids

17 May 2019

A council claims the ‘devastating’ destruction of thousands orchids was the unfortunate consequence of a drainage works project, but the local wildlife NGO says the affair was bungled. Adam Branson reports

 
 

Fines Monitor

 
Fines Monitor: live table
Fines Monitor: live table

09 May 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

 
Farming companies fined for silage pollution

17 May 2019

 
Garden centre’s sewage dumping costs £9,000

17 May 2019

 
Waste broker pays £327,000 for facilitating crime

23 May 2019

 
Oil platform’s dangerous gas blast costs £1.16m

21 May 2019

 
Discharge consent breach costs £128,000

08 May 2019

 
 

Brexit

 
The ENDS Report Brexit Library: live table
The ENDS Report Brexit Library: live table

22 Mar 2019

Click through to view a sortable and regularly updated table of key Brexit-related policy, legislation and guidance documents published by the UK government, devolved administrations and the European Commission

 
 

Latest Brexit Library updates

 
Environment (miscellaneous) amendments (Northern Ireland)

28 March 2019

 
Waste amendments (number 2)

27 March 2019

 
 
 

 
Senior Energy Adviser Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London (Central), London (Greater)
Senior/Principal Air Quality Specialist, Leeds JSM Associates, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Energy Manager Mattinson Partnership, Dublin
Revit Technician (MEP&Water) Mattinson Partnership, East Grinstead
Senior Chartered Civil Engineer - Contract Mattinson Partnership, Hertfordshire
 

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