Articles from Transform January 2014

Case law >> Mitigation obviates need for habitats assessment

Jen Hawkins, from LexisPSL, describes a recent high court ruling that mitigation measures agreed with Natural England obviated the need for a habitats...

In parliament >> The year of the fish

Chris Davies, Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson in the European parliament, discusses the great achievements in EU fisheries policy last year

Small steps for Europe

Paul Suff discovers how a pioneering EU project is taking environmentalists out of their comfort zone

Prize worthy sustainability

Becky Allen asks winners of environment awards why they matter and for tips on how to make your entry stand out

Legislation and policy in 2014

Looking ahead to 2014, the environmentalist highlights some of the major legal and policy changes that will impact practitioners

Moving EMS forward

Following the publication of a second draft of the revised 14001 standard, Martin Baxter explains what the new proposals mean for practitioners

Firm and director guilty of waste burn

Derbyshire-based company East Midlands Developments Limited and its director Stephen Rye have been ordered to pay a total of £16,677.55 for waste offe...

Contaminated land fund cut

Defra has announced it is closing a scheme that provides grants to help cover the costs of investigating and cleaning up contaminated land in England

New newts licence saves £85k

New licensing processes introduced in April 2013 are saving time for developers and consultants and helping Natural England to reduce costs for those ...

Persistent pollution costs beef business £57k

Repeated pollution of a watercourse bordering its premises in Worcestershire has cost A&A Rodenhurst Limited, which operates an intensive beef-rearing...

UK tops EU resource league

Eurostat has ranked the UK and Luxembourg as the most resource-productive countries in the EU

Recycling rare earths must be EU priority

EU policy needs to encourage the development of technology and infrastructure to recycle rare earth elements (REEs) to ensure sufficient long-term sup...

Staff engagement can save £300 million

UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300 million a year in savings by not encouraging employees to adopt behaviour to reduce energy use and was...

SEA advances case for shale gas

Decc has published the outcome of a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) that concludes unconventional gas could provide significant economic bene...

SMEs target sustainability

One-quarter of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Britain say sustainability is one of their top three priorities for 2014, according to res...

New year new membership grade

IEMA would like to congratulate the following individuals on recently upgrading their membership:

Changes to member fees

As of 1 January 2014, all payments for new members joining IEMA have been aligned with annual renewal fees

2014 pay survey results coming soon

More than 2,000 members have participated in IEMA's latest practitioners' survey which closed on Friday 10 January

Update on changes to Full membership

In preparation for the introduction of IEMA's new Full membership standard at the end of March, professional standards manager Zebrina Hanly offers so...

IEMA responds to waste strategy and CCC report

The Institute has reacted to both Defra's plans to tackle waste in England and the independent committee on climate change's report on the fourth carb...

Policy update: Guidance on green power

Nick Blyth, IEMA's policy and practice lead on climate change at IEMA, describes guidance due in 2014 on reporting scope 2 emissions

From 2014 to 2020

IEMA's CEO, Tim Balcon, describes the steps the Institute will be taking in 2014 to meet its Vision 2020 strategy and improve member services

My career: Sandra Norval

Sandra Norval, environment manager at Southern Railway, describes her career shift from accountancy to sustainability

The green path to success

the environmentalist investigates how the Local Enterprise Partnership covering Norfolk and Suffolk is blazing a trail in developing a green economy

The green path to success

the environmentalist learns about green economy projects supported by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

Bottleneck' creates £58k sewage problem

South West Water has pleaded guilty to two offences of discharging sewage effluent from its Camels Head sewage treatment works at Plymouth into a trib...

Revamped PwC HQ tops BREEAM

The highest ever BREEAM score has been awarded to the newly refurbished head office of accountancy business PwC

Biomass boost at Drax

New biomass storage facilities and distribution systems have opened at the UK's largest coal-fired plant

Rail provider to improve biodiversity

Network Rail has launched its first net-positive biodiversity offset scheme in south London

Legal brief: Civil sanctions and water pollution

Simon Colvin and Samantha Deacon describe the first enforcement undertaking accepted by the Environment Agency for a pollution incident

ETS backloading timetable agreed

Moves to boost the price of carbon across Europe have taken a step forward with EU member states agreeing changes to the sale of ETS allowances

Compromise agreed over EIA Directive

The European parliament has dropped its plans to mandate environmental impact assessments for shale gas projects in an agreement to finalise the new d...

Marine Licensing (Pre-application) (Scot) Regs 2013

The Marine Licensing (Pre-application Consultation) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 came into force on 1 January 2014

Marine Pollution (Revocation) Regs 2013

The Marine Pollution and Merchant Shipping (Revocation) Regulations 2013 came into force on 31 December 2013

Water Environment (River Basin Management) (Scot) Regs 2013

The Water Environment (River Basin Management Planning: Further Provision) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 came into force on 21 December 2013

Water Environment (Shellfish Areas) (Scot) Order 2013

The Water Environment (Shellfish Water Protected Areas: Designation) (Scotland) Order 2013 came into force 21 December 2013

Water Environment (Shellfish: Objectives) (Scot) Regs 2013

The Water Environment (Shellfish Water Protected Areas: Environmental Objectives etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 came into force on 21 December 2013

Commission launches EU conservation award

The European commission is calling for organisations involved with Natura 2000 sites to enter its new awards celebrating best practice in protecting b...

Energy Bill becomes law

The government's plans to reform the electricity market introducing a capacity market and contracts for difference to support renewables have been giv...

EU agrees to phase out f-gases

Refrigeration and air conditioning equipment containing high levels of fluorinated gases (f-gases) are to be banned from sale and a cap placed on the ...

Localism Act 2011 (No. 3) Order 2013

The Localism Act 2011 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2013 came into force on 17 December 2013

REACH Enforcement (Amend) Regs 2013

The REACH Enforcement (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force on 16 December 2013

Ecodesign key to waste prevention, says Defra

The government has pledged to improve the availability of finance to businesses wanting to become more resource efficient in its new plan to cut waste

Government told not to weaken carbon targets

Meeting the fourth carbon budget will not harm UK firms' competitiveness and the government should confirm the targets as soon as possible, says CCC

EC Regulation 1087/2013 - methyl bromide

EC Regulation 1087/2013 on the reporting of methyl bromide came into force on 25 November 2013

EC Reg 1143/2013 on EU ETS

EC Regulation 1143/2013 on the auctioning of allowances in Germany for the EU ETS came into force on 15 November 2013

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