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Six policy updates to look out for this month

Six policy updates to look out for this month

Scan upcoming policy changes on oil and gas decommissioning, radioactive waste management, producer compliance for waste electrical and electronic equipment collection, sustainability in Wales, food... Read more

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Planning & land use

Environment Agency concerned over ‘lack of detail’ on Sizewell C plans

The Environment Agency has flagged a series of concerns over proposals for a new nuclear power station in Suffolk, warning that a lack of detail means that the impacts and proposed suitability of mitigations ‘cannot be assessed at this time’

Carbon trading

EU carbon scheme freeze prompts British Steel to seek £100m loan

British Steel, the owner of the Scunthorpe and Teesside steelworks, is seeking government support to pay a £100m carbon trading bill, in a move prompted by Brexit-related changes to the EU's flagship climate change policy

Climate change

UK’s carbon footprint fell 6% in 2016

The UK’s overall carbon footprint, including the production of imported goods, fell significantly in 2016, according to government figures

Energy

England’s biggest gas plant given go-ahead with carbon capture conditions

A new 1,700 megawatt combined cycle gas power plant in the north-east has been approved under the fast-track planning regime but will not be able to operate at full capacity until it is carbon capture ready

Energy

Brexit: EU ETS compliance deadline pushed back again

The government has announced that UK participants in the EU emissions trading scheme will be given additional time to meet their compliance obligations ahead of the UK’s delayed exit from the EU

Analysis

Land, Ecology & Development

How a major new deep coal mine got its green light

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

Interview: What the UK’s infrastructure chief thinks about net-zero, plastic and driving innovation

National Infrastructure Commission chair Sir John Armitt explains how environmental considerations are shaping the powerful body’s recommendations to ministers

Carbon & energy efficiency

Policy briefing: Get ready for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, Phase 2

Organisations must notify the Environment Agency by 5 December 2019 to comply with their obligations under a scheme requiring large firms to assess their energy use

Energy

International Women’s Day: Women in the environment sector

To mark International Women’s Day, ENDS has put together a selection of women in the environment sector, each of whom are blazing a trail at the top of their fields.

Energy

Fact checker: Drax’s carbon-negative plans

Can adding carbon capture technology to Drax’s biomass plant enable it to become carbon-negative?

Energy

Policy Briefing: Streamlined energy and carbon reporting

More companies will have to report their energy use and carbon emissions when new rules designed to simplify the reporting process enter into force on 1 April

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