EIA practice update with IEMA’s Josh Fothergill
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IEMA's proportionate EIA summit delivered a great day of engagement and discussion among a range of stakeholders from the EIA community.
Outcomes included a list of credible solutions related to: scoping; assessment and significance; environmental statements; use of technology and the web; enhanced collaboration across the community; and using the opportunity of regulatory change to enable more proportionate EIA. IEMA would like to thank the sponsors Arup, Jacobs and National Grid as well as delegates. A report on the proceedings will be produced shortly.
Ben Cave Associates and IEMA completed their work developing a briefing for Public Health England to help health professionals understand the role of EIA and the implications of the 2014 amendment to the EIA Directive, which requires a greater focus on health issues in assessments. Publication is unlikely until after the UK referendum on EU membership.
IEMA and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held a joint workshop in April exploring interest in a global environmental and social competency framework for multilateral financial institutions (MFIs), such as the EBRD and the World Bank. Representatives from 15 MFIs engaged with around 25 IEMA members and practitioners, including those working on Crossrail and the Eurasia tunnel.
Debbie Cousins, EBRD’s senior environmental and social adviser, is to chair an IA network group on environmental and social impact assessment. She will work with members to identify what the group wants to achieve, and what activity it will deliver. If you have any thoughts or ideas email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IEMA and IA network activity planned for 2016 includes:
- Webinars on: IA in the financial sector; strategic environmental assessment; transposing EIA: screening; IA – an international perspective; transposing EIA: streamlining v new requirements; proportionate EIA; climate resilience; and health in IA.
- Publications on: EIA post-consent; effective scoping; health in EIA (above); assessing greenhouse gas in EIA; and significance of soil in EIA.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.
IEMA has today urged the UK government to focus on developing green skills and expertise across business, industry and civil society following the publication of an alarming report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).