18 Apr 2019

How data are improving our public services Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: A project that creates a database of all the UK’s trees and one that identifies the safest roads for cyclists are among those winning a £1.5m Government funding competition.

18 Apr 2019

Not implementing environmental law cost EU states €55bn last year Locked

Ecology Briefing: Not implementing EU environmental law results in negative outcomes ranging from reduced biodiversity and increased illness to air and noise pollution and unrealised market opportunities.

18 Apr 2019

Drone guidance could help companies cut costs Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: CIRIA’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Managing Assets shows how drone technology could improve asset management capability.

18 Apr 2019

Climate change: from emergency to opportunity Locked

Flood Briefing: Environment Agency’s ce James Bevan look at the threats and opportunities that climate change presents and likens them to Brexit.

18 Apr 2019

UK projected emissions set to breach 4th and 5th carbon budgets Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The UK’s latest greenhouse gas projections up to the 2030s point to both the fourth and fifth carbon budgets being substantially breached unless long-overdue policies emerge

12 Apr 2019

Ecologists review impacts and opportunities from solar farms Locked

Ecology Briefing: A review of the ecological impacts of solar farms, mitigation solutions and opportunities for biodiversity enhancement by BSG Ecology has thrown more light on a poorly researched issue.

Europe, UK
12 Apr 2019

Transport Scotland pushes ahead with Laurencekirk junction assessment Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: A £300,000 contract for ground investigations ahead of works on a busy junction of the A90 near Laurencekirk has been let by Transport Scotland.

12 Apr 2019

£700m Teesside gas-fired power station secures consent Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Approval of a 1.7GW gas-fired plant at Teesside follows a new surge in applications, courting controversy over their impact on post-2020 carbon budgets.

12 Apr 2019

UK-registered firms face litigation for abuses by foreign subsidiaries Locked

Brownfield Briefing: A landmark case allowing alleged victims of mining pollution in Zambia to sue both the operator and its UK parent has succeeded.

Europe, UK
11 Apr 2019

Seven in 10 people worry about indoor air quality, finds study Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Air quality is increasingly informing people’s choices of where to live and holiday, according to air purifier producer Blueair.

5 Apr 2019

MPs voice concerns on permitted development for shale gas exploration

EIA +Planning Briefing: MPs from across the House of Commons sent a strong message to the MHCLG that proposals to make shale gas exploration permitted development were not supported.

Europe, UK
5 Apr 2019

“Worrying” lack of understanding of fracking decommissioning Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Public Accounts Committee has blasted BEIS for a lack of understanding of how fracking sites will be decommissioned, and who is liable.

Europe, UK
5 Apr 2019

OGA consults on geophysical data sharing Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Oil and gas firms to be forced to make their geophysical data free-to-access.

Europe, UK
5 Apr 2019

NIC urges cities to develop urban infrastructure plans Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Prepare for urban infrastructure funding through the Autumn Budget by preparing city strategies, Armitt urges.

Europe, UK
5 Apr 2019

Manchester five-year plan sets course towards climate neutrality and sustainability Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: An extraordinarily wide-ranging five-year environment plan allowing Manchester to start to squeeze carbon out of the economy by 2038 and move towards sustainability has been launched by the mayor.

5 Apr 2019

EU summit exposes rift on climate neutrality Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Efforts by the European Commission to pull the bloc’s 2050 climate ambition into line with its Paris Agreement commitments have met with resistance, but it appears to be on track to meet a higher 2030 target by default.

4 Apr 2019

UN negotiations for EIAs in international waters ongoing Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Aim is also to roll out marine conservation zones in international waters and enable international sharing of knowledge on new marine species and genetic resources.

4 Apr 2019

Arcus supports Scottish wind farm application Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The project could detriment the local landscape but if constructed would have a generating capacity of c67MW.

4 Apr 2019

City planning must balance liveability with climate change, finds research Locked

Flood Briefing: Recent research led by Newcastle University suggests that urban planning made need to evolve in order to counter climate change risks.

29 Mar 2019

New consultation launches on controversial Londonderry-Aughnacloy link Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure is re-consulting on a contentious strategic road link between Londonderry and Aughnacloy.

29 Mar 2019

Industry group set to boost floating wind sector Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: A new industry sector group is to coordinate and promote development of the UK’s nascent floating offshore wind sector, with associated regeneration opportunities.

29 Mar 2019

Labour steps up demand for an end to fracking Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: A high-profile visit to fracking regions of Lancashire by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and new party research, signal an increase in the tempo of its campaign to force the Government to end the practice.

29 Mar 2019

Oxford flood scheme to await public inquiry Locked

Flood Briefing: The ambitious Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will not now open until 2020 or later, due to the need to hold a public inquiry.

29 Mar 2019

Stansted expansion objectors seek to widen Judicial Review Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: A campaign group against expansion of Stansted Airport is now looking to widen its legal challenge to include both the communities and transport secretaries for failing to call the decision in for public inquiry.

28 Mar 2019

Severn Trent fined £500k for sewage discharge Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The impacts caused by the incident are “amongst the worst damage to a SSSI” ever witnessed by Natural England.

24 Mar 2019

Rotherham Council backs down on INEOS Woodsetts drilling Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Highway safety objection to proposed fracking testing site dropped by council.

Europe, UK
24 Mar 2019

IWA sets out Wales’ 2035 renewable energy transition Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Bold plans by Institute of Welsh Affairs publishes road map to a Wales powered solely by renewables in 2035.

Europe, UK
22 Mar 2019

UK must build reservoirs and desalination plants, says Bevan Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Environment Agency’s CEO has called on the UK to build more reservoirs and desalination plants to escape “the jaws of death”.

Europe, UK
21 Mar 2019

Coal mine approved despite strong objections Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Work will start later this year on an underground coal mine in Cumbria.

21 Mar 2019

South East LEPs reveal clean energy strategy Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The strategy aims to support the development of district heat networks and encourage offshore wind development across the region.