22 Sep 2019

Conservative backs Greater Manchester housing and jobs plan Locked

Leader of Bolton Council, with a veto on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, has given support, despite colleagues arguing for greater protection of the green belt.

16 Sep 2019

Time to think in circles Locked

We need to design building components that can be upcycled, and we need to stop designing products that pollute our homes. Eoin Redahan spoke to Suki Kler Young and Peter Mösle, two experts from Drees & Sommer, about the regulations and financial levers that could change the way we build.

13 Sep 2019

Goldsmith consolidates position at Defra Locked

A mini-reshuffle following resignations over proroguing of Parliament has seen green-minded Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith promoted to Defra Minister of State, replacing Thérèse Coffey, while Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow takes his former role.

UK
13 Sep 2019

North of England faces future water stress Locked

Most of the north of England is better placed than the rest of the country to tackle water stress in a changing climate, but action will still need to be taken to ensure sustainable development, particularly in Yorkshire, and this could serve as a model for water trading elsewhere.

13 Sep 2019

Landmark rejection for Devon peaking plant Locked

East Devon District Council’s rejection of a gas-fired power plant to avoid climate impacts, protect renewable energy and open countryside will be seen as a landmark decision for the growing number of councils declaring climate emergencies.

13 Sep 2019

Offshore decommissioning risks UK’s green credentials Locked

Government plans to approve a Shell proposal to abandon thousands of tonnes of potentially contaminated North Sea oil platform bases in situ risks a confrontation with NGOs, other EU and Ospar Convention members reminiscent of the Brent Spar affair. 

UK
13 Sep 2019

Offshore oil and gas sector sidesteps Net Zero challenge

A first attempt by the UK offshore oil and gas industry to demonstrate how it could deliver Net Zero emissions by 2050 addresses production-related emissions mitigation but largely sidesteps much greater carbon emissions from buildings, transport and industry.  

13 Sep 2019

Pro-renewables group send VAT hike complaint to Chancellor Locked

A collection of pro-renewable organisations have sent an open letter to Sajid Javid in an effort to stop the proposed VAT increase for domestic solar and storage systems.

13 Sep 2019

Storms could cost $1t in home damage each year by 2050, says UKGBC Locked

In response to the Global Commission on Adaptation report, the UK Green Building Council says storm surges could force hundreds of millions of people from their homes.

6 Sep 2019

DfT nods through HS2 works amid review uncertainty Locked

HS2 faces a bumpy ride due to heavy cost overruns and environmental impact as it undergoes review, with opinions still sharply divided as works continue over both the economic benefits and degree to which impacts can be mitigated.

6 Sep 2019

More transparency on community infrastructure levy Locked

The new guidance will speed up the CIL process, require councils to publish an annual report on of the CIL agreements and allow larger projects to be funded.

6 Sep 2019

Construction waste rules simplified Locked

New Environment Agency guidance removes the requirement for an environmental permit in a number of waste operation activities. The changes will be of benefit to house builders.

6 Sep 2019

RTPI’s six-point Brexit action plan Locked

The action plan includes access to a skilled workforce and Common environmental and product standards.

6 Sep 2019

Call for re-think on planning in Scotland following new law Locked

4 Sep 2019

Sprong loaded Locked

Is the UK’s deep housing retrofit market taking off? Not quite, but we’re seeing definite progress. Eoin Redahan reports.

4 Sep 2019

Defra given £432m for post-EU enviro-standards Locked

Decarbonisation of infrastructure, improving air quality and biodiversity are some of the areas targeted by the Government.

UK
30 Aug 2019

New Zealand set to focus on construction materials to reduce emissions Locked

Carbon-cutting measures could cut the equivalent emissions of 500,000 cars each year in New Zealand alone, according to the New Zealand Green Building Council.

30 Aug 2019

Modular housing set for ex-laboratory site Locked

Wates Residential will deliver the homes as part of the Cardiff Living partnership.

30 Aug 2019

Scottish timber to tackle UK’s climate concerns? Locked

The timber industry can help solve the housing crisis without carbon emissions skyrocketing, said contributors to a Westminster inquiry.

23 Aug 2019

Government policy is ill-equipped for net zero, finds report Locked

The UK isn’t even on target to meet its legally binding targets for 2023 to 2032, let alone eliminate all carbon emissions by 2050, says the Science and Technology Committee.

23 Aug 2019

Government announces £600m housing investment Locked

The money will be used to build 50,000 new homes in England.

20 Aug 2019

How can your business reduce its carbon footprint? Locked

Sensible waste management and an enlightened approach to the daily commute could cut costs and help the environment. Nic Redfern, finance director of KnowYourMoney.co.uk, outlines some of the simple measures you could take.

20 Aug 2019

Government backs fracking Locked

It says that shale gas could be “an important domestic energy source”.

9 Aug 2019

Smarter models for solar energy production Locked

The Government’s plans to implement a Smart Export Guarantee for solar panel owners from 1 January 2020 could represent a significant step towards a greener future. The question is, how big of a step? Paul Hutchens, ceo of solar specialists Eco2Solar, answers this question and takes a look at the changing face of solar energy production.

9 Aug 2019

£2m Thames Water pollution fine fully justified Locked

The Court of Appeal has found that Thames Water’s £2m fine for a sewage pollution incident, reduced due to an early guilty plea, was proportionate and appropriate.

9 Aug 2019

Advanced solar panel material receives non-toxic boost Locked

US researchers claim to have created a lead-free perovskite semiconductor for the next generation of solar cells.

9 Aug 2019

BSI introduces framework for installation of energy efficiency measures Locked

The business standards company’s three publicly available specifications cover guidance on retrofitting dwellings, specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures, and certification.

8 Aug 2019

Sustainable Economy Act needed, says IPPR Locked

The think-tank says biodiversity, soil fertility, and air quality targets must be enforced.

8 Aug 2019

Cabinet members call for loosening of the green belt Locked

Jacob Rees Mogg, Sajid Javid and Liz Truss have advocated relaxing green belt rules, but 73% of Conservative voters would be opposed to changing planning regulations to make building on green belt land easier.

8 Aug 2019

London mayoral candidate lays out Conservative housing policies Locked

It includes plans for a separate mayor for outer London and a housing organisation with a role in economic development.