ENDS Report Issue 543, June 2020

Green recovery hangs in the balance

Green recovery hangs in the balance

As the government begins to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions and kickstart the economy, can we really expect a ‘green recovery’?

Environmental Politics

Covid-19: Is there a post-pandemic plot to undermine green protections?

Covid-19: Is there a post-pandemic plot to undermine green protections?

Industry lobbyists have been using the Covid-19 situation to renew calls for measures that their paymasters view as unhelpful to be scrapped or watered down. Just how vulnerable are key pieces of environmental policy and legislation?

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Environmental Law

The 52 green rules rolled back under Covid-19

Dozens of green rules have been relaxed during the Covid-19 pandemic, with operators given additional leeway on their usual environmental obligations. But how much flexibility do the temporary changes really give businesses?

Environmental management systems

Digital EIA: Can pioneering technology help environmental assessment overcome its ‘obesity problem’?

Environmental statements can run to thousands of pages, costing developers up to £250,000. Some see the process as impenetrable. But efforts to transform it through digital technology are gathering pace, in part due to Covid-19 social distancing measures and restrictions on movement

Industrial emissions

Datacheck: Global emissions plummet as coronavirus lockdown bites

Global CO2 emissions fell by 17% in early April when many countries were locked down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study from the University of East Anglia


Policy briefing: How the EA is providing flexibility during the coronaviris crisis

In response to Covid-19 restrictions the Environment Agency has issued a series of regulatory position statements giving operators a degree of flexibility with compliance


When do regulators become a nuisance?

The High Court has found the Environment Agency liable for causing a nuisance, even though it was exercising its statutory powers.


Infographic: Britain's record coal-free run

Britain is nearing 50 days without coal-fired generation, smashing the previous coal-free record of 18 days, set in June 2019.

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