ENDS Report Issue 512, November 2017

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Highlights in this issue

  • James Parsons, writer, ENDS Report

    Shine or grime: government’s clean strategy revealed

    Comment

    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?

  • The European Commission has taken action against the UK over air pollution several times. Photograph: 123RF

    The political environment

    Analysis

    What will Brexit mean for the enforcement of environmental law as the UK prepares to strike out on its own? Tom Reeve investigates what could replace the European Commission as the ultimate watchdog

  • River Tamar in Devon has a legacy of contamination, particularly from its mining past. Photograph: Helen Hotson/Alamy Stock Photo

    Rise of the zombie pollutants

    Analysis

    Climate change is stirring up historic contaminated sediments from England’s rivers and little is being done to clean them up, as Rachel Salvidge discovers

  • The revised Renewable Energy Directive will have stricker rules on sourcing wood biomass. Photograph: Piotr Krzeslak/123RF

    Biomass fuels debate on sustainability

    Analysis

    Bioenergy has dominated the EU’s agenda as a suitable renewable energy source for years with takers in the transport, heating and electricity generation sector, but is all this about to change for the UK? James Parsons investigates

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

    Courts will hesitate to push EU air quality boundaries

    Comment

    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

    Comment

    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

  • 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

    Comment

    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

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    Industry emissions continue steady decline

    Analysis

    The eighth year of emissions data under the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register was released in September, showing continuing progress in reducing a wide range of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in 2015

  • Jenny Hill from the Committee on Climate Change

    Insider Insight: Jenny Hill

    Analysis

    Jenny Hill, Head of Buildings and Bioenergy at the Committee on Climate Change shares her insights

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