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Defra reveals timetable to cut 'red tape'

Defra has published a breakdown of how it plans to improve environmental regulation over the next four years, following its pledge in March to streaml...

Air pollution still a 'problem' in EU

European environment commissioner Janez Potočnik has admitted that the EU is "some way" from meeting its air quality goals, after the European Environ...

UN calls for more controls on chemicals

Coordinated action by governments and industry is needed urgently to reduce the growing risks to human health and the environment posed by the unsusta...

Businesses are meeting Aichi targets

A new report from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) reveals that many global businesses are responding positively to the ...

Accolades for Scotland's greenest organisations

An Edinburgh bus company, a Stonehaven fish and chip business, a Findhorn-based printer and an NHS trust were among the organisations presented with p...

Misreporting RO data costs energy firm £125k

Ofgem has imposed a £125,000 fine on business energy supplier Opus Energy for misreporting the amount of electricity it supplied under the Renewables ...

Makeover SOS: The urgent need to retrofit

With at least 60% of existing commercial buildings likely to still be in use in 2050, retrofitting is crucial to meeting UK carbon targets. Paul Suff...

Building on the best laid plans

Many well-designed buildings fail to live up to their environmental credentials when the tenants move in. Richenda Wilson reports on reducing the gap

Legislation for the green deal

The Green Deal (Energy Efficiency Improvements) Order 2012 came into force on 7 August 2012 alongside parts of the Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, A...

Gas may dash carbon budgets

The UK will fail to meet its carbon budgets and its 2050 carbon reduction target if the government pursues a policy of gas-fired electricity generatio...

Nitrate Pollution Prevention (Amend) Regs 2012

The Nitrate Pollution Prevention (Amendment) Regulations 2012 were published on 7 August

Ipswich Barrier Order 2012

The Ipswich Barrier Order 2012 was published on 7 August

Seveso III (Directive 2012/18/EU)

Seveso III (Directive 2012/18/EU) was published on 12 August

Recast WEEE Directive

The recast Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive (2012/19/EU) was published on 12 August

EC Reg 547/2012 on ecodesign of water pumps

European Commission Regulation 547/2012 to support the ecodesign of water pumps was published on 15 August

EC Reg 649/2012 on dangerous chemicals

European Commission Regulation 649/2012 on the export and import of dangerous chemicals was published on 15 August

Hinkley Point Orders 2012

The Hinkley Point Harbour Empowerment Order 2012 and the Hinkley Point (Temporary Jetty) (Land Acquisition) Order 2012 were published on 16 August

Poll reveals what IEMA members want

IEMA's recent survey to establish what members need from their membership has revealed that members at all levels want three things in particular: reg...

IEMA moves head office

The Institute confirms its contact details from 5 November

Best diploma student award presented

On 4 October, IEMA's chief executive Jan Chmiel presented the first Best Diploma Student Award

Graduate award 2012 now open

IEMA is once again looking for the most inspiring early career environment professional to name as the winner of the IEMA graduate award 2012

Seeing the wood for the trees

Practitioners and policymakers must learn to differentiate between ecosystems services and biodiversity, argues Jonathan Baker

Firing imaginations

the environmentalist finds out how Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is engaging its staff with protecting the environment as well as saving ...

Case Law >> Victory for wind industry?

Hayley Tam and Colleen Theron from LexisPSL examine a recent Scottish appeal that rules the benefits of wind farms can outweigh their impacts

£657 million spent on CRC allowances

Preliminary data from the Environment Agency reveals that full participants in year two of the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency scheme (C...

Shops switching to HFC-free cooling

More retailers are switching to refrigeration systems that do not use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), according to new research by the Environment Investig...

Electric car charging moves forward

Car maker Nissan and renewable energy supplier Ecotricity have teamed up to install fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs) at motorway services on ...

EU environment policy at 40

Camilla Adelle and Andy Jordan from the University of East Anglia, reflect on 40 years of environment policy in the EU and the challenges ahead

In Parliament >> Crunch time for CCS

Chris Davies, Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson in the European parliament, urges EU and UK policymakers to support carbon capture and storage

EU to alter biofuels target

The European Commission is planning to alter the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) by placing a cap on the amount of crop-based feedstocks allow...

Updating your details with IEMA

IEMA urges its members to make sure their membership records are up to date

Change agents at work: Economies of scale

James Dixon reveals how consolidating waste contracts at his NHS trust has saved more than £300,000 in 12 months and helped to treble recycling rates

Firms fear extreme weather

Following the hottest US summer on record, fires in Russia and flooding in the UK, Japan and Thailand, extreme weather events are pushing climate chan...

Costly oil leak for council

Oil leaking from a school's heating system has cost East Riding of Yorkshire Council almost £22,000 in fines and costs

£114,000 penalty for poor water quality

Severn Trent Water has been fined £76,000 and ordered to pay £37,990 in costs after pleading guilty to a string of water supply offences

Certifying EMS saves money, say businesses

Working towards ISO 14001 certification helps organisations to cut costs, by encouraging them to be more resource efficient, reveals NQA

Smart meters to save SMEs billions

The UK-wide rollout of smart meters will save small businesses £2.2 billion by 2030 and cut carbon emissions by 16 million tonnes, say economists

DECC backtracks over axing RO for small arrays

Energy minister Greg Barker has confirmed that the Renewables Obligation (RO) will not be scrapped for installations generating less than 5MW

New EMS to help NI construction industry

Northern Ireland's Construction Employers Federation (CEF) has joined forces with IEMA and regulators to create a new environment management certifica...

DECC proposes efficiency criteria for RHI

Organisations wanting to claim payments under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will have to prove their building is energy efficient, under new prop...

MPs call for halt to Arctic oil exploration

Drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic must stop until firms can prove they are able to deal with possible spills, MPs have warned

UK invests £1.25m to inspire ecodesigns

UK businesses are being offered up to £25,000 of funding to explore how they can redesign their products to improve resource recovery and reuse

DECC unveils more changes to RO

The government is proposing halving subsidies for large-scale solar installations under the Renewables Obligation (RO) by 2016 and placing new restric...

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