Articles from Transform January 2013

Out of the frying pan, into the engine

David Fairchild finds that effective assurance is the only way to ensure waste feedstock for biofuels is from sustainable sources

Sepa's outlines flood warning strategy

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has set out its flood warning strategy up to 2016

EU funding gap puts CCS on the backburner

The omission of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects from the first tranche of programmes to receive money from the EU's NER300 fund has raised c...

Puma leads the way on reporting

Puma's environmental profit and loss (EP&L) statement has been hailed as a logical approach for companies to better understand and incorporate environ...

Proposed EIA Directive needs work

The European Commission's proposals to update the environmental impact assessment (EIA) Directive (2011/92/EU) offer some good opportunities to improv...

EIA Update | January 2013

IEMA's latest update on legislation and guidance relating to environmental impact assessment (EIA) including news on the chancellor's plans to consult...

In Parliament >> The gutting of the CRC

Alan Whitehead, Labour MP and energy and climate change committee member, lambasts the Treasury for gutting the CRC

Standards and regulation

Colleen Theron and Sean MacKenzie argue that voluntary standards are helping to drive the introduction of legislation on sustainability

Lowry Outlet shops for savings

Energy efficient lighting and a new waste management contract are bringing broader business benefits for the Lowry Outlet mall. the environmentalist r...

Up in the air - the impact of the IED

The Environment Agency's Jackie Taylor outlines what firms need to known about the new EU legislation on industrial emissions

Can China build a green economy?

Catherine Wilson examines China's progress in becoming a more sustainable economy

The year in focus

the environmentalist's annual roundup of what policymakers, regulators and business leaders will be prioritising over the next 12 months

Town & Country Planning (Fees) Regs 2012

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 published on 22 Novemb...

EC Regulation 1037/2012 approving isopyrazam

European Commission Regulation 1037/2012 approving the active substance isopyrazam was published on 27 November 2012

Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU

Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU published on 28 November 2012

The Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012

The Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012 published on 1 December 2012

GHG Trading (Amend) (Charging) Regs 2012

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (Charging Schemes) Regulations 2012 published on 3 December 2012

Electricity and Gas (ECO) Order 2012

The Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012 published 5 December 2012

Green Deal Framework (Amend) Regs 2012

The Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 published 5 December 2012

Smoke Control Areas (Fuels) Regs (NI) 2012

The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 published 5 December 2012

Producer Responsibility (Packaging) Regs 2012

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 published 11 December 2012

Case Law >> Residents "win" nuisance case

Hayley Tam and George Hobson from LexisPSL on a successful private nuisance claim against a foundry for odours

Ammonia discharge costs haulier £34k

The accidental release of ammonia from a refrigeration unit into a watercourse has cost Eddie Stobart Group more than £34,000 in fines and costs

£220k fine for trying to export WEEE

Eight men and three companies have been ordered to pay more than £220,000 for attempting to export broken electronics from the UK, the Environment Age...

The heat is on

After a disappointing lack of action at the UN talks in Doha, Paul Suff laments how climate change seems to be slipping down decision makers' priority...

State of the profession poll closed

IEMA's annual survey of members' pay, benefits and experience closed on 11 January.

Look out for the new Downloaded

IEMA is set to relaunch Downloaded - the Institute's enewsletter - as a fortnightly update later this month.

A focal point for developing policy

A new online environmental policy "horizon scanning" hub will be available to IEMA members from the end of January. It will also generate a monthly po...

Top tips for future environmentalists

Looking for your first job in the environment profession or advice on how to further your fledgling career? IEMA asks the finalists of the 2012 gradua...

Firms 'sleepwalking' into resource crisis

A poll of companies has found that most are unprepared for the impact of resource scarcity, as boards fail to grasp the business case behind sustainab...

Updated: DECC outlines simplified carbon reduction scheme

Plans to simplify the carbon reduction commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme will save participates a total of £272 million by 2030, claims DECC

Renewable energy cheaper than gas

Investing in low-carbon energy sources over the next decade will result in lower electricity prices than whole-scale deployment of unabated gas, predi...

Solar PV joins renewables 'premier league'

DECC has confirmed it now sees large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) installations as playing a significant role in ensuring the UK will meet its 2020 r...

Sepa gets backing for reforms

Proposals to simplify and integrate the regulatory framework in Scotland for waste, water, industrial pollution and radioactive substances have receiv...

World to continue to burn more coal

Coal will come close to outstripping oil as the world's top energy source by 2017, according to the latest projections from the International Energy A...

Change agents: Sand, spills and body armour

Environmental engineer and IEMA Affilliate Lloyd Clark describes his year working in the Iraqi oilfields

Legal brief: Managing compliance risk

Ross Fairley reminds organisations to always be prepared for environment incidents and potential regulatory investigations in his first 'Laying down t...

EU revises ecodesign priorities

The European Commission has adopted a revised working plan ( on ecodesign covering the period 2012 to 2014

Baxter to chair CEN advisory group

IEMA's executive director of policy Martin Baxter is to head up the team that advises CEN - the European standards body - on environment management is...

UK's carbon footprint gets bigger

The UK's carbon footprint increased in 2010 for the first time since its peak in 2004, new data from Defra has revealed

Fracking given the green light

Exploration of UK shale gas reserves will resume after DECC imposed new controls to mitigate the risk of seismic activity being triggered by hydraulic...

Defra funds low emissions zone studies

Local authorities in Exeter, Birmingham and Leicester will receive funding to investigate the benefits of charging polluting vehicles for entering cit...

Electrifying 10% of fleet saves £350k

Companies running large fleets could cut CO2 emissions by 5% and save £350,000 a year by replacing 10% of their vehicles with electric equivalents, sa...

UK defers tackling CO2 from international transport

The government will not decide whether to include emissions from international aviation and shipping in future carbon budgets until at least 2016, rev...

ISO 14001 certifications reach new high

The number of ISO 14001 certified environment management systems now exceeds 267,000, according to the latest figures from ISO

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