Articles from Transform July 2014

Case law: 'Implied right' to discharge into private watercourse

Jen Hawkins from LexisPSL outlines a recent supreme court case that considered whether a sewerage undertaker had an implied statutory right to dischar...

Legal brief: Taking a regulator to court

In the aftermath of the winter floods, Simon Colvin highlights the key legal barriers organisations and individuals face when attempting to sue a regu...

Legal brief: Protecting trees in conservation areas

By Keith Davidson, LexisPSL

Legal brief: NRW accepts Tata's dust plans

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has announced that Tata Steel has fully addressed the dust pollution that resulted in an enforcement notice being issued...

Legal brief: Court quashes Pickles' decision

The High court has overturned a decision by the communities and local government secretary, Eric Pickles, to refuse planning permission for a 24MW sol...

Legal brief: Sewage pollution costs water company £153,600

Discharging poorly treated effluent from a sewage treatment works in Cornwall has cost South West Water £150,000 in fines and £3,600 in costs.

Seeking views on membership grades and structure

More details have emerged of the review of IEMA's membership structure, announced by chief executive Tim Balcon in June's edition of the environmental...

Cambridge conference to focus on sustainability

Sustainability is high on the IEMA agenda, with a dedicated conference due later this year, just months after the Institute's amalgamation with the Gl...

Prepare to engage

Increased emphasis on member engagement is a key theme for IEMA

Global focus: Qatar

Harry Sealy describes how Qatar is helping to advance sustainability in the Gulf region

My career: Damien Smith

Damien Smith, head of client services at Ecodesk, says you have to have passion and demonstrate your enthusiasm to people in this far-reaching sector

the environmentalist Power List 2014

Readers vote for the people who are helping organisations better manage environmental impacts or who have been influential in raising awareness

Risky business

the environmentalist checks out the key messages from the new IEMA guide on sustainable resource management

Carbon policies too complex

Government policies to green commercial buildings need to be better understood, monitored and enforced if their benefits are to be fully realised, a n...

Public purchase rules

The government has implemented art 6 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) in England through a procurement policy note (PNN), effective fro...

Politics needs 'regreening'

Lord Chris Smith, outgoing chair of the Environment Agency, has called for a "regreening" of politics and public discourse.

Another Stern warning on carbon price

The price of carbon may have to rise to $260 a tonne by 2035 if the world is to avoid warming of more than 2ºC above pre-industrial levels, says a new...

SUDS law delay

Defra has postponed the target start date to introduce compulsory legislation for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in England and Wales.

Investors target sustainability

Investors are increasingly considering sustainability issues in their decisions, according to research by PwC. However, many investors outside Europe ...

MPs want rise in flood funding

The government must increase funding for critical maintenance of flood defences if it is to avoid a repeat of the damage to homes and businesses cause...

Retailers promise action in rights abuses

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is to identify ways for UK retailers to eradicate human rights abuses in their supply chains after a request from ...

Defensive move

The River Restoration Centre's Jenny Mant and the ADA's Jean Venables debate whether regularly dredging rivers is the answer to rising flood risk

ESOS takes shape

Decc has formally responded to feedback on the proposed energy savings opportunity scheme (ESOS), providing further details on how it will operate.

Energy sector facing a 'double whammy'

The twin impacts of climate change and rising costs present increasing challenges for energy production and transmission, according to separate report...

GAP plan for SMEs

The European commission is to publish a green action plan (GAP) for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Support systems

Simon Best reports on a project to improve resource efficiency among small firms in Norfolk.

Taking control of your energy

Robert Cohen discusses how best to improve the energy performance of commercial properties

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