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Energy

Policy transformations could make nuclear viable

A radical new roadmap for nuclear power will only succeed if three ducks are correctly aligned: finance, planning and site availability. This time, they just might be.

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Policy & legislation

Catching up with CBAM: heavy industry is impatient for action

The UK will implement carbon border taxes in 2027. Better late than never, say manufacturers, trade bodies and the public.

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Sustainability/ESG

On the ground and global: Nestlé tackles sustainability at scale

The world’s largest food and beverage company is nothing if not ambitious when it comes to sustainability. Attendees at Environment Analyst’s 2023 UK Summit got a taste of its approach.

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Digital

Expert Opinion: How AI can give rivers a voice

Using AI and machine learning to interpret data from sensors in water sources can help anticipate and minimise polluting or flooding events.

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Centring sustainability: from concept to construction, and beyond

Experts from leading environmental & sustainability consulting firms took part in our Sustainability Delivery Group roundtable to discuss the sustainability objectives of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU).

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Summit picks out opportunities through the headwinds

Legislation, net zero and nature offer consistent opportunities, despite political inertia and the skills shortage, conclude participants at EA’s UK business summit.

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Business Summit 2023: roundtable round-up

Social issues, the circular economy, DEI and geothermal heat were among the issues covered at the roundtable sessions at Environment Analyst's 2023 UK Business Summit in London.

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Engineering workforce lacks sustainability skills

Survey reveals UK engineering firms are ill-equipped to mitigate climate change impacts due to lack of specialist knowledge in the workforce.

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FCA introduces stringent investment disclosure regime

The FCA has confirmed a package of sustainability-focused disclosure requirements designed to prevent greenwashing and improve trust within the UK sustainable investment market.

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KPMG to oversee offshore wind growth plan

The UK has the second largest installed offshore wind capacity in the world and a target to more than treble capacity by 2030 to 50GW.

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English cities to enjoy green investment boost

Pilot projects will help lever private investment into insulation retrofit, renewable energy, heat pumps and deploying green buses.

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WSP says London needs ‘step change’ to achieve net zero

Study calls for businesses to align with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and for the private and public sector to collaborate on campaigns.

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North and south to benefit from green jobs

Jobs will come from low carbon energy and heat, low-emission vehicles and infrastructure and energy efficiency.

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Farming cooperatives offer environmental benefits

Environmental farming clusters are providing opportunities for investors and traders seeking climate, nutrient and BNG credits.

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New funding for nature but experts say it ‘won’t go far’

Newly designated protected landscapes, which cover nearly 25% of land in England, are awarded £15m under the latest nature package.

Passion not profit drives new force for nature

The Lifescape Project shows how a non-standard approach to biodiversity consultancy can produce great results for nature — and rapid growth. CEO Adam Eagle explains.

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Business

Global majors reveal strong results on enhanced sustainability advisory focus

Environment & new energy business helps drive AECOM's record backlog. Jacobs firms up spin-out deal to concentrate on high-end climate & sustainable infrastructure solutions. Both confident in FY24 expectations.

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Digital

Pentatonic launches AI-based green law tracker

AI-enabled tool clarifies legal obligations across the world and helps companies to create implementation plans. 

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Partnership to promote biodiversity investment

Members include the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, The Sainsbury Laboratory, and the University of East Anglia.

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Cross-disciplinary collaboration optimises land model

A Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk looked at how two departments in Arcadis combined forces to create contaminated land screening software. Sarah Winne and Katy Baker explain how difficult choices were made for the risk assessment model.

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AI technology reveals actions to help pollinators

Data collected from rewilding project shows impact of habitat changes on pollinators, with pollinator activity increasing by 38% since the project began.

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Blueprint sets out sustainable transformation for rail industry

RSSB publication focuses on carbon reduction, air quality, protecting and conserving biodiversity and improving quality of life.

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Climate finance ‘fails to hit the target’

Report by climate consulting experts calls for better coordination across multilateral and bilateral sources, greater flexibility and simplified access requirements.

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UK strives to regain ground with grid and green industry package

Plans announced in the Autumn Statement will reduce grid connection time from five years to six months and halve the time it takes to build high-voltage power lines.

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Government offers investment boost for offshore wind

Offshore wind sector to benefit from increased contract prices for next renewable energy auction, as the government acknowledges inflationary impact on development costs.

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Expert Opinion: COP28 calls on global leaders to redouble climate efforts

With the world having likely failed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, there is a danger that past failures might limit future success. Stephanie Wray of RSK argues that COP28 offers a critical opportunity for leaders to review, reassess and reunite on the way forward.

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Ecosystems provided £47bn worth of services in 2021

Natural capital accounting by the ONS points to growing monetary value of nature’s contributions to public health, food and water.

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Business

RSK acquires Australia’s largest heritage specialist

Project management capability, scale and geographic reach were the deciding factors in the acquisition.

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Climate & carbon

Climate conference catalyses pre-COP commitments

Global stocktake of progress on net zero, sign off of loss and damage fund, and meaningful final statement will count as successes.

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Business

Arcadis releases ambitious new three-year strategy

Reducing scopes 1 and 2 emissions by 70% in the next three years and ensuring more than 40% of its workforce are women are among its targets.