ENDS Report Issue 553, April 2021

Environmental Politics

OEP will test Tories’ green credibility

OEP will test Tories’ green credibility

While work continues at pace to establish the Office for Environmental Protection – the crucial watchdog that is intended to hold the government to its green commitments after Brexit – concerns that ministers’ actions don’t live up to their words continue to mount.

Regulation

Interview: OEP chair Dame Glenys Stacey on independence, funding and enforcement

Interview: OEP chair Dame Glenys Stacey on independence, funding and enforcement

Dame Glenys Stacey has big ambitions for her crucial role as head of the watchdog set up to hold the government to its environmental commitments after Brexit. But what approach will she take to enforcement, and will she be given the independence and funding she needs to succeed?

Environmental Law

The key deadlines and policy changes to expect in the near future

The key deadlines and policy changes to expect in the near future

Risk review - second quarter, 2021: The most important prosecutions and court rulings of the past three months and the key compliance deadlines and policy changes to anticipate in the near future

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Planning & land use

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc: The 25-year plan testbed

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc is viewed by policymakers as an opportunity to put the government’s flagship 25-Year Environment Plan into action. But the growth initiative has also been heavily criticised by environmental groups, who warn that the plans pose a major threat to wildlife

Regulation

Focus on: Persistently poor performers

The number of here persistently poorly managed sites increased in England in 2019, according to an analysis by ENDS and 87% of those sites were in the waste sector

Environmental Politics

Fact checker: Will a new bank fund a ‘green revolution’?

Will the National Infrastructure Bank really finance the ‘green industrial revolution’?

Coastal management

Five things you need to know about oyster bed restoration

A project to restore native oyster beds has been launched in Scotland with an aim to reduce marine pollution in Britain's seas

Flooding

The debrief: How an innovative beach restoration scheme is helping to protect homes and industry from flooding

Concrete and rock have long been the go-to materials for coastal defences, but an innovative scheme on the Norfolk coast looked instead to restoring and reprofiling a beach to help protect homes and industry from North Sea storm

Environmental Law

Corporate duty of care can transcend borders

Firms have long been held responsible in the eyes of the public, if not the law, for the activities of their subsidiaries abroad, but recent cases show the courts are catching up

Land, Ecology & Development

Policy briefing: What the London Plan’s green measures mean for development

The latest iteration of London’s key planning blueprint contains new environmental requirements, including that proposed developments should manage biodiversity impacts

Regulation

Data check: Why the EA is recording fewer pollution incidents

The number of pollution incidents recorded by the Environment Agency are falling ENDS looks at the data

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