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Policy briefing: Get ready for the European Green Deal

Policy briefing: Get ready for the European Green Deal

The European Commission has promised a radical transformation of the EU economy with a wide-ranging decarbonisation plan. How will the proposals affect UK businesses?

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Anaerobic digestion

Digestate lagoon close to collapse, warns local councillor

A lagoon in Plaistow containing thousands of cubic metres of digestate is at risk of overflowing due to recent extreme rainfall, posing a major threat to people and the environment, according to a local councillor

Green buildings

Stronger low-carbon home standards needed, climate advisers warn

Proposals for new national standards for carbon reduction in new homes do not go far enough, the government's climate advisory body has warned, in a letter urging ministers to put in place stronger standards

Renewable energy

BEIS unveils multi-million investments in low carbon industry

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced £70m in funding for low emissions industry, with a particular focus on building hydrogen production plants


Regulator fears stymie mega-wind farm developments

Planning consent for three giant wind farms off the east coast of England have been delayed after developers failed to allay regulators’ concerns that EU-designated areas would not be hit by unacceptable environmental damages

Planning & land use

Sadiq Khan urges government not to abandon environmental protections in London Plan

The mayor of London has urged the government not to 'strip away' vital environmental policies from his draft London Plan after the Planning Inspectorate suggested a number of changes


Land, Ecology & Development

Why cities are failing to harness digital technology to make green gains

Why cities are failing to harness digital technology to make green gains

£104bn is expected to be invested annually in smart city technologies by 2021, according to the International Data Corporation. But some fear the potential environmental gains are not being given enough weight in digital strategies


Policy briefing: Get ready for more stringent EU waste incineration rules

Newly adopted BAT conclusions for waste incineration, published in December, provide a new reference for setting permit conditions for energy-from-waste plants

Land, Ecology & Development

Committee on Climate Change’s net zero land report: 10 things you need to know

The UK must act now to reduce emissions from agriculture, land use and peatlands if it is to reach net zero by 2050, according to the government’s climate change advisers. Here are 10 things you need to know about the advisers’ new report, published today

Environmental Politics

2019: The year in pictures

As the year in which environment and climate change became major fixtures on political agendas across the world comes to a close, ENDS takes a look at some of the most striking moments captured on camera

Climate change

Infographic: The relentless rise of carbon emissions

Atmospheric CO2 levels continue to reach new highs with no sign of a slowdown, the latest figures show

Carbon & energy efficiency

Embodied carbon: Are developers reducing the climate impacts of their buildings?

Over half of a residential block's whole-life carbon emissions are associated with its construction and the materials used. How engaged is the development industry in tackling the problem?

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