Articles from Transform December 2011

Register for Associate open book assessment

IEMA Affiliate members wanting to sign up for the next Associate open book exam have until 20 January 2012 to register.

2012 practitioners' survey

IEMA members are being called on to share their worklife experiences in IEMA's forthcoming 2012 environment practioners' survey

Time to update your member details

IEMA urges members to make sure their contact and professional details are up to date

Top graduate scoops IEMA award

An environmentalist working to engage young people with sustainability was named the winner of the 2011 IEMA graduate award

IEMA conference 2011: The delegates' view

Hear from IEMA members on what they really thought of this year's IEMA conference on sustainable business and what they'll be taking back to their org...

2011 conference: Sustainable business in practice

Delegates at this year's sold-out IEMA conference heard how large and small organisations are putting sustainability at the heart of their activities

Town and Country Planning Regs Scotland

A series of regulations come into force on 1 December amending the existing planning legislation in Scotland

The Planning (Act) (Commencement) Order (NI) 2011

The Planning (2011 Act) (Commencement No.1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 in force from 1 December 2011

Water lags behind CO2 in boardrooms

More of the world's leading companies are considering the risks posed to their operations by access to water, but their concern lags far behind that a...

The Localism Act 2011

The Localism Act 2011 published 15 November

Coalition's green agenda goes up in smoke

Osborne announces support for energy-intensive industries and potential shake up of countryside regulations in his autumn statement.

Atmospheric GHG at new high

The amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere reached a new high in 2010 and the rate of increase has accelerated, according to the World Me...

EU low-carbon future at risk

Supplies of five metals key to low-carbon energy technologies are at risk and could hinder the adoption of wind and photovoltaic energy generation in ...

Business groups set out plans for green growth

The EEF and the Aldersgate Group have both launched reports setting out how the UK can successfully generate low-carbon growth.

Public sector ramps up CO2 targets

Many hospitals, universities and local authorities have almost doubled the level of their carbon reduction targets since 2006 despite tough spending c...

CSR reports cite incorrect and irrelevant data

Unsubstantiated claims, gaps in data and inaccurate figures are common in many corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports, according to researchers...

Puma finalises environmental profit and loss

Puma has added £44 million more to the value of its environmental impacts in 2010, as the sports goods firm completes its ground-breaking environmenta...

The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011

The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011 published 21 November

The Smoke Control Areas Regs (NI)

The Smoke Control Areas Regulations (NI) published 28 November

The Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Regs 2011

The Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2011 published 30 November

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regs (NI) 2011

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 published 30 November

The Ecodesign for Energy-related Products Regs 2011

The Ecodesign for Energy-related Products (Amendment) Regulations 2011 published 1 December

The Historic Environment (Scotland) Act 2011

The Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2011 (Saving, Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2011 and the Historic Environment (...

The Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006

The Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No.12) Order 2011 published 1 December

Sustainability in the built environment

The Global Reporting Initiative has issued a new edition of its guidance on sustainability in the construction sector

CCL exemptions

Updated guidance explains when supplies of renewable electricity are exempt from the climate change levy

WEEE reuse protocols

WRAP has launched a new set of reuse protocols to help reduce waste electrical and electronic equipment

Contaminating nature - pollution prevention

Pollution is the next stop on Paul Reeve's journey through the IEMA Associate certificate syllabus

Quick wins: The heat is on

Better control over workplace heating can help save money and reduce emissions

Axing the link to deforestation

London Zoo aims to source all of its palm oil sustainably by 2012. Ali Hines reports on its work with suppliers to meet that target

Driving down CO2 with sustainable travel

the environmentalist reports on how Natural England has halved its carbon footprint through a sustainable travel plan

The CRC league table - An incomplete picture

Does the first CRC league table provide any useful information? Paul Suff takes a look

Counting carbon or cooking the books?

Figures showing the UK's greenhouse-gas emissions have been falling since 1990 don't tell the whole story, argues John Barwise

Retailers sourcing more sustainable palm oil

EU retailers and manufacturers are taking more action to ensure they procure sustainable palm oil than they did two years ago, according to WWF's seco...

New CCS plant in Yorkshire

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has officially launched a carbon capture and storage (CCS) test site in Yorkshire.

HFC emissions rapidly rising

The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has warned that levels of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are rapidly increasing in the atmosphere

Beaches increasingly polluted by clothes fibres

Tiny plastic debris from clothes fibres is increasingly accumulating in marine habitats, according to new research

Recession cuts transport emissions in EU

Emissions of many pollutants from transport fell in 2009, but an economic upturn is likely to fuel a recovery in pollution levels warns the European E...

Cala Homes ups legal challenge

Cala Homes has launched a new legal challenge in its long-running bid to gain planning permission for a proposed development of 2,000 homes on a green...

Higher demand for green qualifications

Figures from NEBOSH show increasing numbers of people are seeking environment management qualifications.

In parliament >> Applying EU law

Chris Davies MP asks whether the EU's bark is worse than its bite

Case Law >> Disclosing information

LexisPSL's Colleen Theron and Deirdre Lyons discuss a European ruling on disclosure rules for local authorities

Diluting EU air-quality rules risks lives

The government is putting thousands of lives at risk by failing to adhere to EU air-quality standards, according to the latest report from the Environ...

UK slips down sustainable energy table

The UK has fallen seven places in the World Energy Council's (WEC) third annual Energy Sustainability Index, which ranks countries in terms of the sec...

SMEs benefit from having certified EMS

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can improve their profitability and their environmental impacts by implementing a certified environment mana...

The future's bright - Job trends in 2012

All the signs are pointing to more job opportunities for environmentalists in 2012, says Vicky Kenrick

My career: John Murray

John Murray reveals how a working with a small firm for his dissertation helped him to become an environment adviser at Balfour Beatty

Training up at Tata Steel

Sarah-Jayne Russell discovers how Tata Steel is using IEMA Associate certificate training to drive forward its sustainability agenda

Opportunity knocks for environmentalists

Jan Chmiel tells Paul Suff why it has never been a better time to be an environmentalist

UK firms face 20% hike in energy bills

Companies in the UK are likely see energy costs rise by up to 20% by 2020 as a result of the government's climate change policies, confirms energy sec...

New EIA method incorporates ecosystems services

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has outlined a new approach to environmental impact assessment to help practitioners effectively account for ecosy...

Fracking likely cause of UK quakes

Gas drilling firm Cuadrilla Resources has confirmed it is highly probable that its attempts to extract shale gas caused the tremors felt in Blackpool ...

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