Articles from Transform April 2012

Case law >> 'Right' to conceal information

Lexis PSL's Colleen Theron and Deirdre Lyons discuss the Birkett v Defra case and what it means for public authorities relying on disclosure exemption...

In parliament >> Connie's uphill struggle

Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies on the EU climate change commissioner's many battles

Regulated firms doing well, says EA

Businesses regulated by the Environment Agency (EA) are improving their environmental performance despite the tough economic conditions

Businesses lack climate change plans

Less than half of the UK's biggest firms have plans in place to ensure their business can adapt to the impacts of climate change, according to the Car...

Budget: Planning reforms get behind growth

The chancellor pledged to provide the UK with modern infrastructure by introducing new growth-friendly planning rules

Budget: Osborne ignites new dash for gas

Gas will be the largest source of UK electricity in the coming years, the chancellor announced, fuelling a second dash for gas by giving oil and gas p...

Budget special: Company cars

The chancellor extended the 100% first-year capital allowance on company cars with low CO₂ emissions from April 2013 to 31 March 2015

Overhaul of green regulation not revolutionary

Despite pledging to scrap or change 70% of environment regulations, the majority of Defra's proposals to cut red tape have been accepted as a sensible...

FITs appeal blocked

The Supreme Court has refused to allow the government to continue the legal case defending its attempt to change the feed-in tariff (FIT) rates retros...

Coalition not seen as green, finds poll

Voters do not believe the government is meeting David Cameron's pledge to make it the most environmentally friendly administration the country has eve...

Habitats legislation gets all-clear

A review of UK legislation implementing the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives has found that in the majority of cases the law is working well, allowi...

Defra plans resource security

Greater recycling of products, particularly waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and more efficient use of materials during production an...

Planning (EIA) Regs (NI) 2012

The Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 published 13 March

Building (Amendment) Regulations 2012

The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2012 published 6 April

Energy Performance of Buildings Regs 2012

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 published 5/6 April

Litter Control Notices (Amend) Order (NI) 2012

Street Litter Control Notices (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 published 1 April

Localism Act 2011 (Amendments) Regs 2012

The Localism Act 2011 (Infrastructure Planning) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2012 published 1 April

Statutory Nuisances Regs and Order (NI) 2012

The Statutory Nuisances (Artificial Lighting) (Designation of Relevant Sports) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 and The Statutory Nuisances (Appeals) Reg...

Environment Offences (Fines) Regs (NI) 2012

The Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 published 1 April

Rates (Microgeneration) Order (NI) 2012

The Rates (Microgeneration) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 published 1 April

Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) Order 2012

The Feed-in Tariffs (Specified Maximum Capacity and Functions) (Amendment) Order 2012 published 1 April

Forestry Commissioners (Scot) Order 2012

The Forestry Commissioners (Climate Change Functions) (Scotland) Order 2012 published 1 March

Scrutinising environmental reviews

Paul Reeve looks at how to compile an environmental review

Geoengineering - Man-handling the planet?

Richard Campen asks if it is right to interfere with the Earth's natural systems through geoengineering to avoid climate change

Is CO2 offsetting unsustainable?

Chris Reynolds and Wendy Buckley debate the environmental value of companies claiming the carbon reductions of others

Lend Lease's building ambition

How property company Lend Lease is working to meets its long-standing sustainability aspirations

The dangerous domino effect

Former lead UN climate change negotiator Yvo de Boer explains why firms must prepare now for the big sustainability challenges

IEMA council elections 2012

Don't miss on your chance to vote in this year's election for the IEMA council of representatives

IEMA skills map needs volunteers

IEMA is calling on its members to give their feedback on how they are using the skills map published last year

Revising 14001: the way forward

The member survey to inform IEMA's position on changing ISO 14001 has closed and the outcome will now help to revise the international standard

Policy certainty key to become leading low-carbon economy

Uncertainty in UK policy will harm the country's ability to compete with Germany to become a world-leading low-carbon economy, according to environmen...

Defra launches biodiversity offsets

Defra's ground-breaking trials of biodiversity offsets began on 2 April

EU growth threatened by water scarcity

EU member states must improve water efficiency across all sectors, and cut leaks in supply infrastructure, if the bloc is to cope with increased water...

Mining firm fails in CRC appeal

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has rejected ATH Resources' appeal against its participation in the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Ef...

Devolved powers reveal low-CO2 energy plans

The Scottish and Welsh governments have reaffirmed the crucial roles of renewable technologies, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS)...

Budget special: New packaging targets

Legislation later this year will increase statutory packaging recycling targets by between 1% and 5%, the chancellor confirmed, following a Defra cons...

Budget special: Green taxes

The chancellor unveiled several new environmental tax rates and confirmed changes to others

Budget special: CRC faces axe as carbon price rises

A failure to secure further savings for businesses in administrating the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency (CRC) scheme will see it replac...

Storage of CO2 (Inspections) Regs 2012

The Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Inspections etc) Regulations 2012 published 23 February

UK's CO2 output up 20% in 2009

The UK's carbon footprint in 2009 was 20% higher than in 1990, according to new data from Defra

Disappointment over delay on GHG reporting

Business and environment groups have criticised the government for further delaying a decision on whether to force companies to disclose their greenho...

Director fined £25k for allowing toxic silt dump

The director of a marine waste management company has been held responsible for his firm's illegal disposal of toxic silt in a Cornish seaside conserv...

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