Articles from Transform August 2012

Energy Bill threatens low-carbon generation

The government is in danger of botching its plans to boost clean energy because the Treasury is refusing to back new contracts to deliver investment i...

Greening the fleet: the options

Farah Alkhalisi details the low-carbon vehicles available for organisations considering greening their fleets

UK CCS plants race for EU funds

A proposal to build a new combined power and carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant in Yorkshire is the top contender for EU funding earmarked to supp...

Fourfold rise in flood risk by 2035

Four times as many businesses and households in England could be at risk of flooding in the next 20 years if further steps are not taken to prepare fo...

Ice sheet melts rapidly as emissions soar

Nasa has published satellite images showing unprecedented thawing of the Greenland ice sheet during July. Over a period of four days, between 8 and 12...

Renewable energy sector ambivalent over ROCs

As onshore wind developers praised DECC for resisting the chancellor's demands for tougher cuts to subsidies under the Renewables Obligation (RO), fir...

Clinton: Growth depends on resource efficiency

Resource efficiency and renewable technologies will be essential drivers for growth in the years ahead, according to former US president Bill Clinton

£400k competition to adapt UK's infrastructure

Defra has launched a competition for UK engineers, scientists and designers to come up with innovative ways to help protect UK infrastructure from the...

New measures of sustainable success for UK

Defra has unveiled a new set of sustainable development indicators (SDIs) against which the government will measure the UK's progress towards becoming...

London 2012 misses out on gold medal for sustainability

London 2012 is the most sustainable Olympic and Paralympic games yet, but the failure of its main renewable energy project has meant that it did not m...

Wind powering the water industry

As water companies embrace wind energy, Steve Mustow describes how to tackle the challenges of installing turbines

Voluntary agreements or binding regulation?

Experts debate the best way to get firms to improve their environmental performance

Car sharing: A vehicle for change

the environmentalist reports on a car-sharing scheme that is reducing BT's carbon footprint and will save £250k a year in fuel costs

Bowled over: the EIA 'precautionary principle'

Stephen Tromans examines an appeal to block the redevelopment of a bowls club through the 'precautionary principle'

Geothermal heats up in Manchester

Up to 6,000 homes and businesses in Manchester could be heated using geothermal energy, under proposals by developer GT Energy.

Waste rules changed over separate collections

The 2011 Waste Regulations are to be amended after Defra and the Welsh Assembly acknowledged they did not accurately transpose the requirements of the...

SSE ups its Amperas

Utility company SSE has taken delivery of six Vauxhall Ampera range extended electric vehicles (REEVs) from leasing firm Lex Autolease

IEMA AGM announced

IEMA has announced the date and time of its 12th annual general meeting

Case Law >> Making a noise about nuisance

Hayley Tam and Colleen Theron, from LexisPSL, analyse a judgment confirming that planning permission doesn't offer protection from nuisance claims

Big firms' sustainability strategies score poorly

Natura, Nestlé, Nike, Puma, Ricoh and Unilever are the only firms in a study of the world's leading companies to have taken steps to overhauling their...

Low-carbon job creation stalls

The UK is falling behind its competitors in the race to secure low-carbon growth and jobs, claims a new report from the Work Foundation

Birmingham appoints green commission

Birmingham City Council has established a "green commission" to help make the city more sustainable

Energy imports fuel the UK

The UK imported more energy than it generated during 2011, for the first time since 1974, as primary energy production fell a record 13%, according to...

IEMA backs Scottish green awards

The Institute is proud to be associated with the Scottish green awards again in 2012

New AIEMA resources proving popular

The new online Associate entry exam has now been live for almost four months and already several people have taken and passed the assessment.

Green skills for green jobs summit

IEMA members can claim a 35% discount on the Green skills for green jobs summit, taking place in London on 22 November 2012

2011 annual report published

IEMA has published its annual report detailing its progress towards it "Vision 2014" during 2011

Improving the way IEMA works

Following the recommendations of a review into how the IEMA council functions, the council's "ways of working" group has been looking at the future co...

Change agents at work: Global action

Alison Cambray describes her role in designing and managing a £70 million programme to help developing countries respond to climate change

EC Regulation 519/2012 - organic pollutants

EC Regulation 519/2012 on persistent organic pollutants published 10 July 2012

EC Regulation 493/2012 - waste batteries

European Commission Regulation 493/2012 on calculating recycling efficiencies of processing waste batteries published on 12 June 2012

Marine Licensing (Fees) (Scot) Regs 2012

The Marine Licensing (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 published 29 June 2012

Fluorinated GHGs (Amend) Regs (NI) 2012

The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 published 30 June 2012

British Waterways Board Order 2012

British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012 and Inland Waterways Advisory Council (Abolition) Order 2012 published 2 July 2012

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scot) Orders

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Orders published 2 July 2012

Plant Protection Products (Use) Regs 2012

The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 published on 18 July

VOCs Regulations 2012

The Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2012 published 27 July 2012

EC implementing Reg 607/2012 - illegal timber

European Commission implementing Regulation 607/2012 on illegal timber prevention published on 27 July 2012

£100k to help SMEs embrace ecodesign

Small businesses in Scotland are being offered up to £50,000 of government funding to redesign their products to improve resource efficiency and cut w...

Dairy fined £30k over spilt milk

A Berkshire-based dairy business that supplies Kraft foods and baker's Kingsmill has been fined £30,000 after milk from one of its depots polluted a n...

EU figures on biofuels' GHG savings 'questionable'

The European Commission's calculations on the sustainability of biofuels have been thrown into doubt by the findings of new research showing that pote...

Commission acts to save ETS

Allowance auctions for the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be delayed under new plans from the European Commission to boost the carbon market

Defra consults on mandatory reporting rules

UK companies required to publish their greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from 2013 will have to include details of accidental emissions and an intensity ...

Fuel duty not a green tax, says Treasury

The government has revealed it does not consider road tax or duties on fuel and air passenger numbers as environmental taxes

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