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

£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
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

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.

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

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.

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.

21 Mar 2019

Spring statement: biodiversity moves welcomed but warnings on funding and climate change Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Philip Hammond’s biodiversity net gain measures were well received but some criticised the Chancellor of the Exchequer for inaction in key areas. Here is how industry responded.

21 Mar 2019

A417 scheme could significantly harm wildlife, claims Wildlife Trust Locked

Ecology Briefing: The trust believes the c£500m scheme could damage two local sites of special scientific interest and further segment previously connected habitats.

18 Mar 2019

NGOs turn to radiation in the Battle for Brent II Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Environmental NGOs’ flag radiation concerns with Shell’s plans to abandon concrete gravity base structures.

Europe, UK
18 Mar 2019

Legal battle nears on Oxford-Cambridge Expressway route Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Local wildlife groups have won permission to challenge procedures used to assess environmental impact of route options for the proposed Bedford-Cambridge express route.

18 Mar 2019

Plan infrastructure to reduce air pollution, suggests review Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Modified road designs, integrated electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hedge screens could all help improve air quality, according to a recent review from Public Health England.

18 Mar 2019

Heathrow climate challenge begins at High Court Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: Friends of the Earth’s case challenges the legality of expanding UK aviation infrastructure against the UK’s responsibility to tackle climate change.

Europe, UK
8 Mar 2019

High Court accepts OxCam Expressway challenge Locked

Ecology Briefing: The Wildlife Trust argues the government has failed to assess the environmental impacts of its plans when deciding where to build the project.

8 Mar 2019

Campaigners begin battle to save Coul Links Locked

Ecology Briefing: A coalition of environmental organisations are fighting to prevent the development of a golf course in Coul Links, Scotland.

8 Mar 2019

Call for major planning boost for ports sector Locked

Brownfield Briefing: The UK’s largest ports have laid out a ten-point plan designed to boost and expand ports and coastal communities.

8 Mar 2019

Secretaries of state overturn refusal on HS2 mitigation project Locked

Ecology Briefing: The appeal was eventually upheld by the secretaries of state on both ecological and architectural grounds.

8 Mar 2019

Offshore wind sector deal to accelerate progress but councils concerned Locked

EIA +Planning Briefing: The Offshore Wind Sector Deal should help coordinate progress in cutting renewable costs, boosting capacity, supply chains and benefit the regeneration agenda, says BEIS.

Europe, UK