Articles from Transform April 2011

Comparative Performance: How to benchmark

Benchmarking is an increasingly important tool in business. Chris Reynolds shows how environmentalists can use it.

Record-breaking response to IEMA survey

IEMA's latest round of research closed in early March with the highest response ever to a survey from the institute.

IEMA conference 2011 - save the date

Environment professionals should keep mid-November free to ensure that they have no commitments that will clash with the date of the IEMA conference 2...

The IEMA greenhouse-gas report: six months on

Nick Blyth, senior adviser at IEMA, provides an update on some of the issues identified in IEMA's greenhouse-gas report and the developments now under...

Introducing the EIA Quality Mark

On 18 April 2011 IEMA launched the EIA Quality Mark, establishing a new standard for organisations that coordinate environmental impact assessments.

Inside Science >> When a 2°C rise isn't a 2°C rise

Limiting global temperature increases to below plus 2°C compared with the pre-industrial average is a long-standing goal for international climate-cha...

Sewage spill costs Thames Water £345,000

Allowing thousands of litres of raw sewage to discharge into gardens, allotments, homes and streams over a 10-week period has cost Thames Water Utilit...

Big savings from resource gains

UK business could save around £23 billion a year from resource-efficiency measures that are either no or low cost, according to new research from Defr...

Smart flood warnings

iPhone owners can now receive flood warnings direct to their phone.

Water scarcity 'growing issue' in the EU

Europe's ability to meet its demand for water has reached a "critical level" in many areas, according to the latest report from the European Commissio...

In Parliament >> A 'bank' in name only

MP Alan Whitehead describes the limitations of the Green Investment Bank.

Budget special: Carbon floor price set at £16 a tonne

CCAs are extended while planned CCS levy discarded in the 2011 budget

Budget special: Lack of borrowing powers limits GIB role

George Osborne awarded the planned Green Investment Bank (GIB) more seed-corn funding in the Budget, but refused to allow it to borrow money before 20...

Budget special: Planning for the future

The Budget set out plans to streamline the planning system, which the chancellor described as a "chronic obstacle" to economic growth.

Budget special: Zero carbon U-turn

In a surprise announcement in the Budget the definition of zero carbon is to be revised in the Building Regulations from 2016.

Budget special: Greening company cars

Further measures to encourage businesses to use ultra-low-carbon cars were announced by George Osborne.

Public wary of businesses' GHG claims

UK consumers want businesses to commit to cutting greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, but few trust claims of energy efficiency, according to surveys carr...

UK given three months to tackle air pollution

The European Commission has given the UK a three-month extension to tackle air pollution in London or face fines of up to £300 million.

EA to advise on climate-change adaptation

The Environment Agency (EA) will be responsible for advising businesses and local authorities on preparing for climate change from September 2011, Def...

Scottish renewable sector gets a boost

The Scottish economy is to benefit from millions of pounds of investment in the renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) sectors, creatin...

FIT changes leave large solar projects in the cold

The UK's solar sector has severely criticised the government for proposing dramatic changes to the feed-in tariff (FIT).

Restore revenue recycling or scrap CRC

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency (CRC) scheme is untenable in its current form, says the CBI.

Preview of Sustainabilitylive! 2011

the environmentalist highlights what's on at this year's event

Regulation in an age of austerity

Paul Suff reports on the environmentalist/WSP roundtable event where the participants discussed the future of environmental regulation.

The important business of ecosystems services

Ecosystem services are crucial to how we live and businesses must take them seriously, argues Dr Mark Everard

Protective nature: Restoring ecosystems

the environmentalist reports on Lafarge's commitment to habitat restoration at its quarries

Conservation of Habitats (Amendment) Regs 2011

The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) Regulations 2011 published 6 April 2011

Climate Change Levy (Amendment) Regs 2011

The Climate Change Levy (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 published 1 April 2011

Renewables Obligation Amendment Order (Scot) 2011

The Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011 published 1 April 2011

Energy Act 2008 (Storage of CO2) Regs (Scot) 2011

The Energy Act 2008 (Storage of Carbon Dioxide) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 published 1 April

Regional Flood and Coastal Committees Regs 2011

The Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 published 1 April

Environment Agency (Levies) Regs 2011

The Environment Agency (Levies) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 published 1 April 2011

Water Environment (Scot) Regs 2011

The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 published 31 March 2011

Recycling, re-use and composting Targets (Wales) Order 2011

The Recycling, Preparation for Re-use and Composting Targets (Definitions) (Wales) Order 2011 published 30 March 2011

Aviation GHG Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regs 2011

The Aviation GHG Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regs published 25 March 2011

EU Regulation 207/2011

EU Regulation 207/2011 published 3 March

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