• David Smith, CEO, Energy Networks Association

    Smart grid needs big change in our distribution network

    David Smith: The passive, one-way delivery of gas and electricity from supplier to consumer is becoming outmoded as our energy-generation systems evolve towards a lower-carbon model

  • Joanne Kwan, project manager, CIRIA

    UK sediment control needs more up-to-date guidance

    Joanne Kwan: Good practice pointers on how to assess and manage the risks of contaminated sediments in the UK are in short supply, but upcoming guidance intends to address the information gap

  • Richard Macrory, emeritus professor of environmental law, University College London

    The precautionary principle and genetically modified food

    Richard Macrory: The European court’s decision to rein in the application of the precautionary principle to national bans on GMOs shows the careful approach taken by the institution so feared by Brexiters

  • Andrew C Singer, senior scientist, Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

    Wastewater treatment is a seeping health timebomb

    Andrew C Singer: In addition to dangerous chemicals and illicit drugs ending up in our rivers through sewage treatment, the greatest danger could come from the presence of antimicrobials

  • James Parsons, writer, ENDS Report

    Shine or grime: government’s clean strategy revealed

    The Clean Growth Strategy resurrects an enthusiasm for decarbonisation not seen since David Cameron’s 2010 pledge to be the greenest government ever, but will it live up to expectations?

  • Nick Robins, co-director, UN Environment’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

    Green finance will make the system fit for purpose

    Nick Robins: Investment funds that adhere to environmental, social and governance standards are starting to be recognised as the building blocks for a sustainable and prosperous economy

  • Richard Macrory, emeritus professor of environmental law, University College London

    Courts will hesitate to push EU air quality boundaries

    Richard Macrory: The legal system is ever ready to put pressure on government to meet air quality limits but it has yet to be seen how far the courts will go to exercise their powers to call-in plans

  • Nathan Richardson, senior policy officer, RSPB

    A system that rewards law breakers is in need of reform

    Nathan Richardson: We all want to reduce pollution but asking customers to pay water companies for breaking the law less often is not the way to go about it. Nor is hoping for less flood-inducing weather

  • Paul Hatchwell, climate and energy editor, ENDS Report

    Keeping up standards

    One specific area of concern to business that epitomises the need for urgent restaffing at depleted departments such as BEIS and DEFRA is that of EU product standards

  • Linda Crichton, head of resource management, WRAP

    Find out what stops people recycling to trigger change

    Linda Crichton: Dedicated research has been helping local councils tailor their recycling communications to drive behavioural change for over a decade. It is now time to apply this tactic to food waste

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