Articles from Transform February 2017

Concern raised over local authority EIA resources

Practitioners fear local planning authorities will struggle to accomplish their new duties under the amended environmental impact assessment (EIA) reg...

Court quashes approval for development in green belt

In Boot v Elmbridge Borough Council [2017], the High Court quashed permission for a sports ground in the metropolitan green belt.

In court - ‘Defeat’ devices in vehicles cost VW $4.3bn

German automotive company Volkswagen (VW) has been fined $2.8bn after agreeing to plead guilty to felonies involving the sale of approximately 590,000...

Safety in numbers

The profession must speak together in uncertain times.

Church mulls fracking

The Church of England has said that any development of shale gas reserves in the UK must not distract or delay efforts to expand low-carbon renewable ...

Firms back plan to recycle plastics

Business leaders have endorsed a plan to recycle 70% of plastic packaging worldwide, up from 14% now.

Climate warning

Europe's regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storm...

2016 was a hot one

The Earth's surface temperatures in 2016 were the warmest since records began, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrati...

Environment regulators eye reforms

The Environment Agency is being urged to increase self-assurance and recover more of the costs of regulation from industry.

Flogging a live horse

The government has revealed little detail on the sale of the Green Investment Bank.

Reasonable alternatives

Consultancy Savills uses a real case to show how different options should be part of the assessment process

CPD aids competence

Training provides opportunities for learning new techniques in EIA.

Jobs market with Environment Works

It has been a strong start to 2017. Environment Works (formerly Shirley Parsons Associates) has reported an influx of new vacancies and the need for s...

Volunteers required to road test new standard for Full members

The new Full membership standard is almost ready for launch, and members have an opportunity to help road test the application and assessment method a...

ISO appoints Martin Baxter to head sub-committee on environment management

The reputation of IEMA as a leading contributor to the development of environment and sustainability policy has grown further after chief policy advis...

Post-CAP policy needs to be bold

Brexit offers an opportunity to improve land management.

Fit for fracking

Lucie Ponting looks at the issues facing practitioners working to minimise the risks of onshore gas operations

The wood from the trees

Many companies have benefited from positive media for pledging to end deforestation in their supply chains. But how are they faring on the ground? Cat...

Capping emissions

Capgemini's Matt Bradley tells Paul Suff about the company's carbon ambitions

Every home counts

IEMA Fellow Paul Reeve scrutinises the Bonfield review on improving the energy efficiency of UK homes after the axing of the Green Deal

Scots to reduce emissions by 66%

Scotland wants to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 66% by 2032 against 1990 levels and deliver half of the energy required for heating, transpor...

Hazard substances list expanded

Four chemicals have been added to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation, bringing the total to 173.

UK failing on air quality, water and marine conservation, commission says

The UK must improve its implementation on EU laws covering air quality, water pollution and designation of protected marine sites, according to the Eu...

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