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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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Investment & finance

Finance sector calls for action on low-carbon transition

The Bank of England and the UK’s biggest investment manager have both warned of the potential financial losses from failing to tackle climate change, as environmental activists blockaded central London

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

Queen’s speech delay ‘further complicates’ green Brexit plans

Theresa May’s reported reluctance to bring forward a Queen’s speech could make it more difficult to pass key environmental legislation before Brexit, a green group has warned

Investment & finance

Arup and Atkins among consultants picked for £2.6bn EA investment plan

The Environment Agency (EA) has named the consultants it is to work with on delivering its £2.6bn capital investment plan

Energy from waste

PM warns of incineration tax if poor recycling performance continues

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated a warning that the government will consider the introduction of a tax on the incineration of waste if recycling targets are not met

Land, Ecology & Development

Brokenshire rejects sand quarry over risks to air and water

Plans to build a sand quarry in Hertfordshire were refused by the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government last week on environmental and civic amenity grounds

Analysis

Environmental Law

How should the Environment Bill improve air quality?

How should the Environment Bill improve air quality?

The forthcoming Environment Bill presents a vital opportunity to respond to growing public and medical concern about air pollution, a parliamentary group has been told. Gareth Simkins hears what the experts have to say

Environmental Law Brexit Hub

Gove’s green Brexit plans: 9 things you need to know

Further details have emerged in the past few days about the government’s post-Brexit environmental governance arrangements, including the identity of an interim green Brexit commissioner and where the green watchdog could be based. Here are nine things you need to know about DEFRA’s green governance vision

Parliament Brexit Hub

'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

As pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill gets under way, some MPs and peers have already set their own ‘green lines’. Where will the flashpoints arise?

Land, Ecology & Development

What has £159.5m in funding cuts meant for Natural England's performance?

England's nature regulator has faced deep cuts in central funding since 2008 and could lose another £8m in the next financial year. ENDS looks at how the funding squeeze is affecting its work

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

Environmental Politics Brexit Hub

What would a Brexit delay mean for the environment?

Debate is raging over whether the UK should request extending its EU membership after the 29 March deadline. Simon Pickstone asks how it would impact the waste and chemicals sectors

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