Articles from Transform September 2013

Making the difference

Following the recent high-profile protests over the environmental impacts of shale gas extraction, Paul Suff discusses the role the profession plays i...

Green spaces provide economic boost

Investing in parks, green roofs and river restoration can bring tangible economic benefits locally, according to a new study commissioned by Defra and...

Government to scrap sustainable homes code

The code setting sustainability criteria for new build homes is to be scrapped in a bid to cut "red tape", the communities department has confirmed

Defra failing resources test, says industry

The waste sector has criticised a consultation document from Defra setting out its proposals for a waste prevention plan (WPP) for England

Energy and resource costs top supply risks

Volatility in the price of raw materials is seen by multinationals as the greatest risk to their global supply chains, according to the latest researc...

EEF launches REACH training service

UK manufacturers can now access support for activities and operations subject to the EU REACH Regulation following the launch of a dedicated training ...

Sewage spill at beach costs £200,000

A fault at a wastewater pumping station led to numerous discharges of untreated effluent into the sea near Margate and has resulted in Southern Water ...

GHGs Trading Scheme (Amend) Regs 2013

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force on 23 May 2013

Offshore Combustion Installations (PPC) Regs 2013

The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 came into force on 19 May 2013

Environmental Information (Scot) Amend Regs 2013

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013 came into force on 31 May 2013

CRC (Allocation of Allowances) (Amend) Regs 2013

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (Allocation of Allowances for Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force on 1 June...

Promotion of Renewables (Amend) Regs 2013

The Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force 1 June 2013

Ecodesign for Energy Related Products Regs 2013

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force on 4 June 2013

Water Resources (Scot) Act 2013 (No.1) Order 2013

The Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 (Commencement No.1) Order 2013 came into force on 10 June 2013

EU Directive 2013/27/EU - chlorfenapyr

EU Directive 2013/27/EU on biocidal products came into force on 17 June 2013

EU Directive 2013/28/EU - lead solders

EU Directive 2013/28/EU on end-of-life vehicles came into force on 17 June 2013

Gas & Petroleum (Consents) Charges Regs 2013

The Gas and Petroleum (Consents) Charges Regulations 2013 came into force on 17 June 2013

September's successful members

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

Countdown for 2013 graduate award

The deadline for nominations for the IEMA graduate award closes at 17:00 on Monday 30 September

Consultation ends on Vision 2020

The initial consultation period for Vision 2020 has ended and more than 2,000 members have contributed to the process via workshops across the UK and ...

Spotlight on the new chair of the board

Dr Diana Montgomery discusses her career and the bright future she sees ahead for the environment profession and IEMA

Plant Health (Amend No.2) Order (NI) 2013

The Plant Health (Amendment No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 came into force on 10 May 2013

Garden centre loses appeal over £75k fine

Garden centre operator Dobbies has failed in its appeal to overturn a £75,000 fine for pumping poorly treated sewage into a stream in Cumbria

Football fans told how to kick out carbon

With the start of the 2013-14 season, the Carbon Trust has advised football fans following their team from a distance and who want to minimise their c...

EIA Update | September 2013

IEMA's latest update on environmental impact assessment (EIA) practice including new guidance from Scottish authorities and the online replacement for...

Case law >> Planning applications within a 'single project'

Jen Hawkings, from Lexis PSL, on the Court of Appeals decision not to quash planning permission in the Burridge case, despite agreeing that two applic...

Scottish compliance continues to improve

New figures from Sepa on its compliance assessment scheme (CAS) reveal a further improvement in licence compliance levels

Change agent: Frontline EIA

Joe Attwood discusses why professionalism is so important when conducting environmental impact assessments in conflict zones for the UN

How to shape the future

Nick Coad and Paul Pritchard explain why sustainability professionals must develop skills to support innovation

Constructing national EIAs

Steve Pearce on the differences between assessing big infrastructure projects and standard developments

The appliance of science

The University of Cambridge is harnessing brainpower to find new ways of cutting its carbon footprint. Becky Allen reports

Dammed success in tackling water scarcity

Kadenge Kamadi reports on how one Kenyan village is tackling water scarcity by building dams that use technology first employed by the Romans in 400BC

Life support systems

Society must embrace natural infrastructure rather than rely solely on technical solutions, argues Mark Everard

Legal brief: Shopping for the best penalties

With enforcement of environmental regulation becoming increasingly devolved, Simon Colvin describes how organisations may soon be able to pick a juris...

Updated: Business leaders urge government to overhaul energy efficiency policies

Government initiatives aimed at encouraging organisations to cut energy use are failing because they are "bureaucratic, complex and costly", says the ...

DIY firms cut waste to landfill by 83%

Ministers have praised a group of DIY retailers and paint companies for reducing the amount of waste they send to landfill by more than 80% in five ye...

Sepa revokes permit for troubled EfW plant

The Scottish regulator is withdrawing an energy-from-waste plant's permit to operate after it "persistently" breached pollution requirements

IEMA's 2013 annual general meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 13th annual general meeting of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment will be held at 17:15 on Thurs...

Support for biomass linked to sustainability

Biomass-fueled electricity plants will have to prove that feedstocks are from sustainable sources and meet tough carbon emissions targets to qualify f...

Updated: CIWEM calls for incentives to cut CO2

UK water companies can cut carbon emissions by 10% every five years, but only if the government sets water consumption targets and introduces financia...

More consistency needed over EU rules, says IEMA

Environmental legislation at the EU level is "essential" in the single market, says IEMA, but the different ways member states implement rules can inc...

Damaging SSSI costs millionaire £907k

The owner of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill has been ordered to pay more than £900,000 in fines and costs after admitting that protected woodland was fell...

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