SocEnv presses for soil quality baselines for land-use criteria Locked

Its report says changes made to the land-use classification system should also be employed for the mandatory protection and maintenance of wetlands, degraded peatlands and forestry

UK

Double digit growth in construction predicted – with warnings Locked

Although growth is less than predicted in winter 2020, it comes with warnings of a muted recovery in the office and retail sectors and potential problems in material supplies

UK

Consultancies make fresh sustainability commitments Locked

Four of the leading global environmental consulting firms have in recent days committed to new or more ambitious climate and sustainability targets for their own operations

Global, North America

Why ‘climate risk is the greatest opportunity of our time’... Locked

...in the words of UN special envoy for climate action & finance Mark Carney, as banks and lenders are urged to take the lead on net zero ahead of COP26. Nick Cottam reports

Europe, Global, UK

Biodiversity threat undervalued in ESG, finds S&P

An S&P Global Ratings report agues that climate change-focused solutions won’t alone tackle the crisis of biodiversity loss

Global, UK

Insight: Remote sensing and continuous monitoring advancing at pace Locked

A Brownfield Intelligence Network panel discussed how the latest advances in remote sensing, continuous monitoring and wireless data management can improve decision making and reduce project times. Ian Grant reports

UK

Date extension for Brownfield Awards Locked

Project entries accepted after June 2019, two new judges on the panel and new Best Industry Innovation/Adaptation to Covid 19 and Judges 'Choice awards

UK

Brownfield review: Birmingham | Colindale | Sunderland | Middlehaven | Swanscombe Locked

More resistance to towers this week, as a retrospective application in Sunderland warrants enforcement action, classier name sought for Middlehaven regeneration, The Resort attracts more protests, and Waterman celebrates two projects

UK

UK vies with US to reduce carbon Locked

In the same week as a US global climate summit, the UK is set to confirm a target to reduce carbon emissions by 78% against 1990 levels by 2035

Global, UK

Key UK appointments announced by Tetra Tech Locked

Tetra Tech has appointed Craig Hatch to head up its UK operations and Sam McCloskey as director of UK sustainability

UK

RSK builds surveillance and design capability Locked

The UK-based consultancy has acquired RSK Orbital, SkyVision International, The Scan Station and Smith + Kennedy Architects

UK

Flood prevention dominates agency’s budget Locked

Flood and coastal defence work has protected over 300,000 homes from flooding in the past six years, says the Environment Agency

UK

Campaign seeks to upturn ‘shareholder primacy’ Locked

More than 400 UK companies including John Lewis, Bulb Energy and Carbon Analytics have joined the Better Business Act coalition

UK

Contaminated land: pet cemetery | Glasgow | Liverpool | PAH | dihydrogen monoxide Locked

Approval for homes on pet cemetery as developments continue apace on land with contamination issues, as pressure group forms against asbestos dumping in Liverpool, LCRM updated and call for use of new PAH protocol

UK

BRIC involved in asbestos conversion project Locked

It is working with Thermal Recycling and its thermal treatment facility which converts the cement roof sheets containing chrysotile asbestos into sustainable aggregate

UK

WYCA provides £1.29m for unseen mine workings Locked

The costs of the project have increased since the full business case was approved in January due to remediating the extensive coal and iron ore seams, mine shafts and adits.

UK

Mott MacDonald appoints social value lead Locked

Caron Dunlop has been appointed by Mott MacDonald as social value technical director

UK

Anthesis to advise on low carbon heat Locked

BEIS has chosen Anthesis to advise on decarbonising the UK’s gas-powered combined heat and power (CHP) networks.

UK

Roads contracts last piece of LTC jigsaw Locked

In the final major contracts to be awarded, tenders worth £1.9bn have been announced for the Lower Thames Crossing’s approach roads

UK

Construction showing ‘spectacular’ recovery Locked

Orders, hiring and confidence are strong - especially in the commercial sector - but materials pricing is rising

UK

UK's £43bn green economy fails to grow Locked

The low carbon and renewable energy economy (LCREE) in the UK has failed to grow since 2014, the latest ONS figures reveal. But some sectors - including low-emission vehicles and professional, technical & advisory services - are surging ahead

UK

UK environmental consulting resilient despite Brexit & CV-19 Locked

Sector hits all-time high of £1.9bn in 2019 before pandemic forces decline last year; Jacobs confirmed new market leader, then RSK, WSP, AECOM and RPS; demand for climate change & energy services surges as net zero and climate resilience efforts ramp up

Europe, Global, UK

Environment Analyst’s Sustainability Delivery Group welcomes AECOM Locked

Global, UK

SLR acquires ESG specialist Corporate Citizenship Locked

Strategic acquisition underlines push by British firm to lead in ESG advisory

Europe, Global, UK

Ramboll gives sober nod to 'satisfactory but difficult' year Locked

European consulting heavyweight cites negative organic growth in FY20 review, whilst identifying sustainability as a ‘cornerstone’ of group business. Also announces acquisition of Incept Sustainability

Europe, Global, North America, UK

Deal takes UK marine ecology specalist to Norwegian firm Locked

Norwegian environmental consultancy group Akerbla Group has acquired a 51% stake in the UK-based marine specialist, Ocean Ecology.

Europe, Global, UK

ERM acquires HSE firm First Option Locked

Latest M&A deal for London-based global EHS and sustainability consultancy increases presence in film and media industry

Europe, Global, UK

Trust calls for action on raw sewage Locked

Environment Agency data show ‘shocking’ number of incidents in which rivers are polluted by storm overflows, says the Rivers Trust

UK

Mandatory TCFD disclosure moves closer in UK Locked

Global, UK

Policy shift away from fossil energy kicks in with exemptions Locked

The UK government no longer provides support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas

UK