Articles from Transform December 2012

Sustainability directors lack control

Individuals tasked with leading companies' sustainability efforts often do not have budgetary control over initiatives and are forced to play a more a...

Fossil fuels to dominate energy mix in 2035

Oil, gas and coal will supply 75% of the world's energy supply in 2035, despite the growth in renewable technologies, according to the latest predicti...

1.4 billion ETS credits could go

The European Commission is attempting to rescue the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) by proposing to lower the emissions cap by the equivalent of 1.4...

Energy policy finally lights on efficiency

Decarbonisation target deferred for energy sector, while energy-intensive industries will be protected from price rises, under revised Energy Bill

Dangerous 3-6°C temperature rise likely by 2100

With greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions reaching record levels, global temperatures will rise at least 3°C by the end of the century unless dramatic chang...

The waiting game

Following the publication of the Energy Bill and the chancellor's Autumn Statement, Paul Suff laments politicians' habit of passing the buck to future...

New IEMA board member: Richard Powell

A profile of Richard Powell, one of the two new non-executive IEMA board members

Thank you to AIEMA assessors

IEMA would like to thank all of its members who have been Associate assessors and supported the Associate open book assessment (OBA) until its close t...

New EIA Directive briefing released

IEMA has published a new briefing note on the European Commissions proposals to amend the EIA Directive

2012 graduate award winner revealed

Lorna Pilbin has been named the IEMA graduate award winner for 2012.

A brighter outlook for solar?

After a year of turmoil, Jonathan Gifford looks at what lies ahead for the European solar sector

Planning on collaboration

Gerard Stewart and Chris Saville describe the role of the Environment Agency in the new duty on planning bodies to cooperate

Power steering with 50001

the environmentalist finds that several years of improving energy efficiency at its Peterborough site has helped Landis+Gyr achieve ISO 50001

The little things matter

Use of nanomaterials is growing, but regulations controlling their impacts are lagging behind. John Barwise reports

2020 vision of skills

Paul Suff reports on a panel discussion looking at the skills environmentalists will need by the end of the decade

Town and Country Planning Regs (Wales) 2012

The Town and Country Planning (Compensation) (Wales) (No.2) Regulations 2012 and The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendm...

Conservation (Amend) Regs (NI) 2012

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 came into force on 29 October

Building Regs (NI) 2012

The Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 came into force on 31 October

Local Government (Performance) (Wales) Order

The Local Government (Performance Indicators) (Wales) Order 2012 came into force on 1 November

Plant Health (Amend) Order (NI) 2012

Plant Health (Wood and Bark) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 came into force on 6 November and 1 December

Capital Allowances (Amend No.2) Order 2012

The Capital Allowances (Environmentally Beneficial Plant and Machinery) (Amendment No.2) Order 2012 came into force on 7 November

Town and Country Planning Regs (Scot) 2012

The Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 and the Town and Country Planning (Prescribed Date) (Scotlan...

EC Reg 1042/2012 emissions trading platform

European Commission Regulation 1042/2012 on emissions trading came into force on 12 November

Town and Country Planning (Eng) (Amend) Regs

The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 came into force on 12 November

INSPIRE (Scot) Amendment Regs 2012

The INSPIRE (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 came into force on 23 November

SEPA imposes penalties for ETS offences

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued civil penalties to drinks company Diageo and glassmaker Ardagh Glass for emissions reporting fai...

Record fine for animal waste factory

Thames Magistrates' Court has ordered tallow-producing company to pay a record £186,000 in penalties for failing to prevent offensive odours escaping ...

BP pays out $4bn for Gulf of Mexico disaster

BP Exploration and Production has agreed to pay a record $4 billion in criminal fines and penalties for its conduct leading to the 2010 Deepwater Hori...

Environment Agency civil sanctions limited

Business minister Michael Fallon has confirmed that fixed- and variable-monetary penalties, and restoration notices will, as a general rule, only be m...

EU exports its waste

As local authorities in England celebrated record recycling rates in 2011/12, the European Environment Agency (EEA) warned that EU member states are i...

MPs urge SDI rethink

The environmental audit committee (EAC) has called on the government to reconsider its proposed new sustainable development indicators (SDIs), arguing...

In Parliament >> In praise of European rules

Chris Davies, the Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson in the European parliament, comes to the defence of EU regulation

Case law >> Tribunal's remediation decision

Hayley Tam and George Hobson from LexisPSL on a recent tribunal decision on a MMO remediation order

IEMA Christmas opening hours

IEMA's head office will be closed from 5pm on 21 December until 9am on 2 January 2013

Training focus: Charting a new course

Paul Suff reports on the forthcoming changes to the chartered environmentalist qualification

Training focus: 21st century workers

Linda Miller on the findings of an EU study looking at skills needed for the green economy

Training focus: Continuing development

One year after becoming IEMA Associates, Tata Steel staff talk to Sarah-Jayne Russell about the longer-term impacts of completing the course

Future of CRC remains uncertain

No decision will be made on the future of the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency (CRC) scheme until 2016, the chancellor has confirmed

UK organisations scoop EMAS awards

Lafarge Cement and Bristol City Council are celebrating after winning European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) awards for their water efficienc...

Government launches green investment bank

A retrofit project to improve the energy efficiency of a north Wales factory has been named as one of the first developments to secure funding from th...

Vital ecosystems being damaged by water use

The energy, transport, planning and food sectors must work together to prevent "indispensable" EU habitats being further damaged as a result of unsust...

Dogger Bank becomes protected EU habitat

More than 12,000 square kilometres of sandbanks off the east coast of England is now under EU protection after being added to the Natura 2000 list

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