Articles from Transform February 2011

The big MACC

Niall Enright explains how to use a marginal abatement cost curve to evaluate the benefits of different energy-efficiency projects.

Green growth in UK at risk, finds poll

A survey of business leaders has revealed that very few believe the UK is well placed compared with its major competitors to take advantage of the £3....

Recession forces down UK emissions

UK greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in 2009 were 8.7% lower than in 2008 thanks largely to the recession, which saw a significant fall in energy consump...

Shale-gas dash puts water at risk

Shale-gas extraction in the UK should be halted immediately as it risks contaminating ground and surface waters, says a report from the Tyndall Centre...

Inside science >> Cumulative carbon budgets

Since the 1990s the prevailing scientific view has been that we must limit global warming to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels to avoid dan...

A minority voice? The sceptical environmentalist

The self-styled sceptical environmentalist, Bjørn Lomborg, talks to Paul Suff.

Assessing the mood for EIA directive reform

Implementation of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) Directive (85/337/EEC) across the EU has not been at all straightforward.

What price environmental justice?

In 2010 it was found that high legal costs are barriers to environmental justice in the UK. Elisabeth Jeffries asks if there is a solution.

Low impacts at the Inn

Paul Suff reports on Whitbread's sustainable building programme.

Upper membership levels attract higher pay

Full IEMA members (MIEMA) typically earn about £10,000 a year more than their affiliate counterparts, while associate members (AIEMA) earn, on average...

Getting to know the natural environment

The world's natural resources are being depleted at an unsustainable rate. Sixty per cent of the services provided by the planet's natural systems are...

From the knowledge hub: February 2011

Keeping you up to date with IEMA services and events

Competencies for environmentalists

IEMA is proud of its associate, full and fellow standards, and of the 68% of members who have achieved these professionally recognised levels.

Update your membership record

IEMA's membership forms a unique community of more than 15,000 environment and sustainability professionals worldwide.

Open Book 2011

The deadline for registration for the June Associate Open Book Assessment (OBA) is 20 May 2011.

Competency going to waste

NQA's Catherine Golds and Max Linnemann tell IEMA about the the assessment body's new waste management standard.

Case law >> Not such a big sweetener

Colleen Theron and Deirdre Lyons, from LexisPSL, discuss higher wholesale electricity prices with regard to the recent court case involving Tate & Lyl...

Government backtracks on forests sale

The government has retreated partially from its plans to end state ownership of 258,000 hectares of England's woodlands following a public outcry.

Staff lack environment information at work

Less than one in five (17%) UK employees have received advice or training at work on energy efficiency and fewer than one-quarter (24%) have been give...

£20,000 fine in 'landmark' prosecution

Landfill operator Waste Recycling Group (WRG) Central has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,619 in a "landmark" prosecution for gas em...

Authorities assess climate risks

The first reports on how transport and utility companies are assessing and acting on the future risks and opportunities posed by the changing climate ...

Poor-quality recyclate may end up in landfill

Councils are opting for a quantity over quality recycling strategy to avoid exceeding their landf ll quota, risking material such as paper, glass and ...

In Parliament >> Green Deal - masterstroke or damp squib?

Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton West, discusses the problem of take-up when it comes to investing in energy efficiency.

CRC may go as DECC sets out its options for change

Plans to further simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency scheme (CRC) could see it either merge with other climate-change policies,...

2010 was one of the warmest years on record

Last year ranked alongside 1998 and 2005 as the warmest year on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Annual 3.5% emissions cut for Scotland

Scotland needs to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 3.5% a year from 2020 to 2050 to ensure that it makes an appropriate contribution to wi...

Defra updates green claims guide

New guidance on how companies can promote their environmental credentials without making misleading claims and falling foul of the Advertising Standar...

Commission promotes resource efficiency

Resource efficiency has become the seventh and final initiative adopted by the European Commission to achieve its Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sust...

Huhne orders review of feed-in tariff

The energy and climate-change secretary Chris Huhne has ordered an immediate review of the feed-in tariff (FIT) amid concern that large-scale solar in...

My career: Cara McQuire

Cara McQuire explains how she moved from primary school teacher to environment officer for Northern Gas Networks

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