Government body levers private finance into brownfield sites Locked

Homes England places new focus on brownfield regeneration and the promotion of investment opportunities in the residential sector.

UK

New legislation proposes radical changes, replacing EIA Locked

Extent of proposed changes, applying to onshore and offshore developments including projects of national significance, has surprised planning commentators.

UK

National Highways invests in roadside habitats Locked

Agency commissions study of biodiversity across entire UK road network and funds projects to protect and restore key habitats.

UK

NGO publishes scope 3 protocols for food industry Locked

Food production and consumption produce almost a third of global ghg emissions; report provides guidance for aligning value chains with net zero aims.

UK

Jacobs creates 600 new energy transition jobs in UK and Ireland Locked

Consultancy giant seeks staff from infrastructure, science, aerospace, transportation, water, IT and manufacturing backgrounds

Europe, Global, UK

Almost 80% of London emissions from real estate Locked

London stands out for ambitious biodiversity targets but its real estate represents a huge net zero retrofitting challenge, finds JLL report.

UK

Royal HaskoningDHV wins Norfolk nutrient neutrality contract Locked

Netherlands-headquartered consultancy will help seven local councils address nutrient neutrality requirements that are blocking residential developments.

UK

Hydrock at the forefront of greening the brownfield agenda Locked

Environment Analyst talks to British geo-technical consulting firm’s new technical director about its prospects in an expanding and acquisition-hungry sector, and why brownfield needs to go green.

UK

New roadmap to guide water companies’ investments Locked

Guidance takes account of the Environment Act 2021, the 25-year Environment Plan and fears about water resilience and rising bills.

UK

EA UK Business Summit 2022: delivering a nature-positive future

Environment Analyst caught up with Julia Baker, technical director of biodiversity at Wood Environment & Infrastructure and Dr Sally Fraser, associate director, biodiversity, at Jacobs, ahead of their contributions to a panel discussion at our UK Summit in June.

UK

AECOM recalibrates climate targets in line with net zero standard Locked

Consulting major’s net zero target pushed back to 2040, responding to stringent emissions reduction targets and NZ definition introduced by SBTi standard, as it moves to the “next phase” of ESG strategy. 

Global, North America, UK

RSK acquires Welsh renewables firm (plus two more) Locked

Welsh wind turbine maintenance and repair company boosts RSK’s renewable energy provision; water sector training provider and French consulting firm also added to portfolio.

UK

Brownfield review: Cole Waterhouse and Tonia | Legal & General | Vengrove | Lovell Homes Locked

Homes and public realm enhancements for Leeds city centre, while Legal & General commits £4bn to West Midlands regen, Vengrove plans to turn offices to logistics and Lovell buys an old steel works.

UK

Mayoral Development Corporations start to take off Locked

Labour mayor of the North of Tyne plans to link several brownfield sites, which have yet to be regenerated.

UK

Land costs under growing pressure Locked

Land availability was either ‘limited’ or ‘very limited’ in the first quarter of 2022, according to 85% of respondents in a residential development survey.

UK

Reliance on brownfield hindering affordable housing Locked

Paper says making more viable non-brownfield sites available could help deliver required levels of affordable housing.

UK

Defining challenge: conference covers the options for PFAS Locked

PFAS figured large at Environment Analyst’s Groundwater Conference 2022, which focused on the challenges of defining, discovering and regulating for these emerging contaminants. Ian Grant reports.

UK

Delta-Simons acquires geo-technical firm Locked

Acquisition of Ground Engineering, a Peterborough-based site investigation and testing firm, boosts Delta-Simons' geo-environmental capacity

UK

ERM inputs on emissions accounting standard for private equity Locked

Approach enables private equity players to aggregate emissions at fund level for investors and stakeholders.

Global, UK

Green building consortium promotes circularity programme Locked

Major global consultancies support initiative to ensure circularity and efficiency in building and construction sectors.

Europe, Global, North America, UK

UK cities included in EU ‘climate trailblazer’ programme Locked

Chosen cities will be expected to address mobility, energy efficiency and green urban planning and to utilise synergies with other EU programmes. 

Europe, Global, UK

Science-based targets momentum swells to represent $38tn of global economy Locked

SBTi chief exec talks Environment Analyst through salient points of its latest progress report — indicating “exponential growth” in companies committed to climate targets in line with science and key challenges for the next phase, underlining “the important role of consultants”.

Global, UK

ESG data market could exceed $1.3bn in 2022 Locked

Sustainable fund appetite is helping drive annual growth of 28% in the ESG data market.

Global, UK

Brownfield Awards deadline extended to 17 May Locked

Don't forget the new categories and criteria this year

UK

Clients and costs blamed for construction sustainability shortfall Locked

Report highlights “lost decade” of sustainability progress in the construction industry, citing a lack of client demand for sustainability and the perceived financial costs of sustainable projects as barriers.

UK

Survey finds ‘terrifying’ insect decline in UK, compounding risk to crops Locked

Study used citizen response science and a free downloadable app to assess insect loss over time

UK

Arup and Fichtner to link UK and German grids Locked

NeuConnect interconnector will be one of the world’s longest, joining two of Europe’s largest electricity markets

UK

Climate, advisory & data solutions lift Jacobs Locked

Q2 results show growth across all lines of business, highlighting strategic areas of focus

Global, North America, UK

ARC joint venture renews £30m contract with Scottish Water Locked

Atkins and RPS reappointed to provide specialist services for Scottish Water technical consultancy framework

Scotland, UK

App improves RPS staff safety and efficiency Locked

RPS switches from ‘buddy system’ to easy-to-use smartphone app and cloud-based monitoring hub to provide better protection for lone workers

UK