Shapps mulls review of national networks NPS on climate grounds Locked

Speculation grows that the government may review the national networks NPS and reduce the scale its £27bn second road investment strategy (RIS2) on climate grounds ahead of COP26

UK

Government ticks NIC boxes on net zero Locked

The National Infrastructure Commission has published a ten-point plan for achieving carbon net zero in its annual monitoring report

UK

Glencore launches net zero roadmap Locked

Investors help drive Glencore to a net zero future, shareholders will vote on its climate change action plan at its next AGM

UK

Cambridge Management Consulting launches Edenseven Locked

Cambridge Management Consulting launches edenseven, a management consultancy dedicated to environmental transformation

UK

Arup helps HS2 Phase 2a to royal assent Locked

The legislation enabling the construction of the western extension of HS2 required complex and detailed environmental assessments from over 2,000 staff

UK

Amey pioneers low carbon road improvements Locked

Cost savings, reduced disturbance and carbon neutrality were the benefits of an innovative road project in Cumbria

UK

Nuclear and hydrogen ‘low carbon partners’ Locked

Nuclear power could meet a third of the UK’s green hydrogen needs by 2050, according to the Nuclear Industry Council (NIC)

UK

Jackson Remediation launches in brownfield arena Locked

Launched this month Jackson Remediation, is seeking to shake up the remediation sector by offering a high-quality, tailored service at a competitive price

UK

Shell shifts from oil to gas Locked

The Anglo-Dutch oil company has announced a target to become net zero by 2050, but campaigners are far from happy

UK

Brownfield Land Scotland: new era emerging Locked

Earlier this month Environment Analyst’s Brownfield Intelligence Network event, Brownfield Land Scotland 2021, covered a diverse set of subjects ranging from changes to the planning system and regulation post-Brexit, to ground gas risk assessments and remediating PFAS. Below is our summary.

UK

Mott MacDonald joins Environment Analyst’s Sustainability Delivery Group Locked

The 16,000-strong employee-owned management, engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has become the ninth member of Environment Analyst’s Sustainability Delivery Group.

UK

Brownfield review: Brighton | Basingstoke | Sterling | Newcastle | Isle of Wight Locked

Contamination fears were raised this week with groups joining forces against a development in Brighton, also leading to houses being rejected in Basingstoke, and rigorous conditions put on homes in Sterling.

UK

Jacobs and the social value imperative Locked

US-based Jacobs acquired 50% of the UK social value consultancy Simetrica in 2019. Eighteen months on and social value is becoming a crucial enabler in helping clients deliver a sustainable and inclusive recovery to CV-19

Europe, Global, UK

Campaign groups step up fight against London Resort plans Locked

The Save Swanscombe Marshes campaign fighting to have the area designated as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) while businesses are considering legal action over the scoping application.

UK

Ground Gas 2021: Authors present latest practitioner guidance Locked

Ground Gas 2021 features the latest guidance on mine gas risk assessment, CL:AIRE’s Gas Protection Verification Accreditation Scheme and CIRIA’s guidance on retrofitting hazardous ground gas protection measures

UK

Supreme Court Shell decision could be far-reaching Locked

A group of 42,500 Nigerian farmers and fishermen from Nigeria have been given the go-ahead to take Shell to court in the UK

UK

Campaign groups unite and question what is a brownfield? Locked

Campaign groups have united against plans for two new towns in the local plan consultation and one is questioning whether an abandoned brownfield site is now greenfield.

UK

Green bonds fuel green recovery Locked

Build back better has become a mantra for post-COVID recovery and the world is setting out to do just that with the help of green bonds. Nick Cottam reports on the proliferation of products, initiatives and standards in this surging field of green and sustainability-linked finance

Asia Pacific, Europe, Global, UK

Stantec commits to carbon neutrality by 2022 and net zero by 2030 Locked

Global, North America, UK

Second wave impacts end of year for Sweco Locked

CEO praises firm for showing profitable growth through COVID crisis

Europe, Global, UK

Expert Opinion: Meeting the challenges of stakeholder capitalism Locked

With corporate priorities increasingly shifting toward long-term value creation for all stakeholders, Michael Wilkins, senior research fellow at the S&P Global Ratings sustainable finance unit, explores three key challenges businesses must consider when implementing a stakeholder capitalism model

Global, UK

Arup trades ‘satisfactorily’ during pandemic Locked

Arup publishes 2019/20 financial accounts, providing indications of the challenges experienced during the global pandemic; also reveals net-zero objective

Europe, Global, UK

KPMG IMPACT: Making a measurable difference Locked

Environment Analyst catches up with leaders of KPMG IMPACT to learn how the Big 4 firm’s sustainability initiative is galvanising its member companies, employees, and clients across the world to do the right thing

Europe, Global, UK

Profits fall at Inland Homes in challenging year Locked

Despite a reported fall in profit before tax and revenue, Inland Homes saw record land holdings, increasing housing completions and significant land sales

UK

How climate is pivotal to BCG ‘winning the 20’s’ Locked

Boston Consulting Group sees climate as a top-three priority at executive level and a core capability for the 21,000-strong company. Environment Analyst speaks with BCG’s climate and energy transition lead, Bas Sudmeijer

Europe, Global, North America, UK

London Plan agreed – but not without recrimination Locked

Disagreements on housing, greenbelt and building heights between the government and the GLA have been resolved and the London Plan can proceed.

UK

Jacobs appointed to get LTC across the line Locked

Jacobs selected to ensure the £8bn Lower Thames Crossing is delivered on time and on budget

UK

Interim CEO of UK’s environmental watchdog appointed Locked

Defra appoints Natalie Prosser as interim CEO of the new Office for Environmental Protection (OEP)

UK

Regulatory professional to set up watchdog Locked

Defra has announced Natalie Prosser as interim CEO of the new Office for Environmental Protection (OEP)

UK

Temple leads on Bow Common Gasworks Locked

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a complex brownfield site in the east end of London carried out by Temple Group

UK