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Environmental Politics

Sturgeon unveils massive low carbon and green jobs drive

The Scottish government has unveiled a £100m Green Jobs Fund, £1.6bn for decarbonising buildings and put reaching net zero by 2045 at the heart of its planned £2bn Scottish National Investment Bank

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Back to work: what’s on the policy radar this autumn?

ENDS takes a look at 14 of the biggest policy changes to prepare for as people head back to work, if not the office, this autumn


What will post-Brexit industrial regulation look like?

The government plans to set up a new process to establish guidelines for industrial emissions control. Gareth Simkins looks into what needs to be done


Consultation on post-Brexit BAT due this autumn

DEFRA will open a consultation in a few months about how best available techniques to address pollution from industry will be handled after the end of the Brexit transition period



Farmers concerned by Welsh clean air plan

The National Farmers Union’s Welsh division has criticised the Welsh government’s new air quality strategy for pursuing “regulatory solutions as the default position”.


Welsh government to consult on new Clean Air Act

A white paper on new legal controls on air pollution in Wales will be published in the spring, according to the Welsh government’s new air quality strategy


NRW to take over regulation of serial polluter

Natural Resources Wales is set to take over regulation of the Kronospan particleboard factory in Chirk from Wrexham County Borough Council


Homes to be torn down to comply with air quality targets

Houses on one of the UK’s most polluted streets will be demolished to meet air quality targets with £6m of government funding

Northern Ireland

Water quality

‘Horrific decline’: Figures show drop in Northern Ireland lake water quality

Official figures show a “significant decline” in the water quality status of Northern Ireland’s lakes, with only one of the province’s lake water bodies now classified as being in ‘good’ or better status

Brexit Hub Regulation

Green watchdog: ‘Truly exceptional’ chair needed to hold government to account

The Office for Environmental Protection needs a chair who is capable of securing sufficient government funding and with the acumen to steer the watchdog through a complex political landscape, green groups have said

Land, Ecology & Development

Farm building logjam in protected sites cut in half as ammonia limits rolled back

A backlog of farming planning applications in Northern Ireland has been cut in half after an agriculture minister advised planning authorities to base applications on old aerial ammonia limits, despite evidence showing EU-protected sites are awash with excess nutrient pollution

Environmental Politics

Whitehall seeks control of UK’s internal market

The government has insisted that high environmental standards will be preserved by a new plan to control the UK’s post-Brexit internal market, dismissed as an 'assault on devolution' by the Scottish National Party

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