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3rd July 2020

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Recent and upcoming publications from IEMA.

Disruptive tech

In 2019, 20 IEMA Fellows met as the IEMA Fellows Working Group on Disruptive Technologies and the Digital Economy. In December 2019 it published the Disruptive Technologies and Sustainability thought piece, which gives insight into impact of disruptive technologies on society, the economy and the environment, and sets out key challenges for businesses in transitioning to a sustainable digital economy. It also suggests what members can do within their organisations to begin the transition. Throughout 2020 the group will collaborate with the Climate Change and Energy Network to develop a second publication. If you are a member of this network and wish to support this work, please contact


Beyond the Perfect Storm (2016) confirmed that a list of 'core ingredients' is needed in transforming to sustainability, including leadership, collaboration, innovation, systems thinking and a long-term view. IEMA's engagement with the Fellows Network has sought to gather insight into collaboration and sustainability leadership. A working group of Fellows with expertise and insight on corporate sustainability will meet throughout 2020 to structure member perspectives as part of an insight briefing that will showcase examples of successful collaborations, and provide a road map for others to use to help resolve sustainability dilemmas faced by organisations.

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Thames Water has been fined £4m after untreated sewage escaped from sewers below London into a park and a river.

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30th July 2021

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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.

30th July 2021

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The total cost of waste crime in England has increased by 53% in just three years, and now costs the country nearly £1bn annually, a recent study has uncovered.

23rd July 2021

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The oil and gas industry is set to burn through its allocated carbon budget 13 years early unless decisive action is taken immediately, new analysis has found.

22nd July 2021

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The sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be banned in the UK by 2040 under proposals unveiled in the government's transport decarbonisation plan yesterday.

15th July 2021

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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.

5th July 2021

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The UK will no longer use unabated coal to generate electricity from October 2024, one year earlier than originally planned, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced.

2nd July 2021

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