ENDS Report Issue 530, May 2019

Brexit Brexit Hub

Industry spooked by Halloween cliff edge

Industry spooked by Halloween cliff edge

Ministers still have work to do to reassure industry that environmental policy will not suffer in the event of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October

Climate change

Climate emergency! How frustrated councils are taking matters into their own hands

Climate emergency! How frustrated councils are taking matters into their own hands

Inspired by grass-root campaigns, town halls across the UK have declared there’s a climate emergency. But what are they doing about it and how will it affect environmental professionals?

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Biodiversity / conservation

Interview: What Chris Packham thinks about bird killing, net gain and Michael Gove

The Springwatch presenter is fronting an initiative which aims to ensure environmental regulators are upholding the law. Who is in its crosshairs?

Environmental Politics

Do councils have a duty to consider climate change?

Lawyers are trying to establish whether an act requiring public bodies to consider environmental issues when making procurement decisions confers similar duties on local authorities. Isabella Kaminski reports

Industrial emissions

How standard permitting rules are changing for a range of activities

The Environment Agency has revised conditions for a swathe of permitting conditions for the most common regulated activities. Gareth Simkins investigates

Recycling

The debrief: How one Gloucestershire council turned around its recycling performance

Stroud District Council almost doubled its recycling rate in two years. Could its strategy be replicated elsewhere and used to reverse a nationwide stagnation?

Plastics

Policy briefing: Time to start preparing for the plastic packaging tax

A consultation on a planned plastic packaging tax, one of the government’s flagship policies designed to combat the proliferation of single-use plastics, closes on 12 May 2019

Industrial emissions

Why medium combustion plants are starting to feel the heat

With around 34,700 medium combustion plants operating in the UK, the impacts of new EU rules limiting emissions of certain pollutants into the air from such plants are already being felt

Waste

Fact checker: Does the UK have spare EfW capacity?

A Conservative MP's claim that “surplus waste incinerator capacity is taking pressure off efforts to recycle”, has rekindled an ongoing debate

Regulation

Why a Welsh super-quango is under fire

Troubled environment regulator Natural Resources Wales is pushing through a restructure, despite opposition from staff. What will the changes mean for industry and nature?

Environmental Law

Privacy ruling opens door to nuisance claims

A case involving Tate Modern's viewing gallery shows developers cannot rely on the planning process as protection against privacy rights

Waste water & sewage

Five things you need to know about wet wipe reefs

‘The Thames Great Wet Wipe Reef’, hidden along the banks of London's iconic river, is growing. What is the scale of the problem and is it being addressed?

Climate change

Focus on: carbon emissions

Port Talbot Steelworks in south Wales tops a table of the UK’s biggest carbon emitters, according to an analysis of EU ETS data published in April

Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Could a new EU rule stifle the precautionary principle?

A requirement to examine the impact of policymaking on innovation is set to enter EU law for the first time. Simon Pickstone examines whether it threatens environmental principles - and what it means for Brexit Britain

Carbon & energy efficiency

Data check: What BEIS's latest figures show about UK carbon emissions

The UK has done much to reduce its carbon emissions since 1990 but transport remains stuck in the slow lane, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Land, Ecology & Development

How will the government's flagship development enhance nature?

The Oxford-Cambridge Arc will "achieve net gains in biodiversity and natural capital", says the government. Adam Branson looks at how it plans to embed nature into the project from the start

Land, Ecology & Development

How a major new deep coal mine got its green light

Cumbria County Council has approved a major new deep coal mine that will release an estimated 450 million tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime. James Fair looks at how it weighed up the economic and climate change implications

Land, Ecology & Development

Should developers use netting to stop birds nesting?

A debate has been raging over whether the practice of using netting to prevent birds nesting should be allowed or even made a criminal offence. Rachel Salvidge reports

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