Johnson and Gove position brownfield at heart of levelling up agenda Locked

Recent comments from both Boris Johnson and Michael Gove show the cabinet is rallying behind the levelling up agenda - with brownfield land a spearhead

UK

RSK prepares EIA for Irish floating offshore wind farm Locked

RSK Ireland is supporting SEAI in the preparation of an EIA for a floating offshore wind demonstration project

Ireland

Prioritise nature-based solutions over engineered ones, says report Locked

Trust in nature to slow climate change and protect us from its effects, argues a new report

UK

Central Alliance wins spoil tip safety contract Locked

On the eve of the 55th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, Central Alliance is appointed to use satellite technology to assess the danger of spoil tips in South Wales

UK

WHO sets tougher particulate targets Locked

The UK’s demanding air quality objectives will be even harder to achieve when new WHO guidelines are applied

UK

Wood to support Humber CCS & hydrogen scheme Locked

Scottish-based firm appointed to Humber Zero project

UK

Conservation bodies map route to nature positive Locked

Nature Positive 2030 report outlines pathway to protecting 30% of the UK’s land and sea

UK

Tories could win 1.6m more votes by building 2m homes Locked

Poll from C/T Local and the Adam Smith Institute also finds 75% support building on brownfields

UK

Residential property developer tax draft published Locked

The British Property Federation has written to new housing secretary, Michael Gove, and chancellor Rishi Sunak to exempt Build to Rent from the new tax

UK

RSK launches management consultancy Nature Positive Locked

RSK launches boutique management consultancy offering strategic biodiversity and natural capital support in line with evolving ESG demands

UK

Ambisense raises €3m in funding round Locked

BGF leads funding campaign for Irish environmental data analytics firm

Europe, Global, UK

Study reveals circular economy’s role in nature protection Locked

A report from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (EMF) has concluded that a circular economy can help halt and reverse biodiversity loss and support conservation efforts

Global, UK

Framework opens doors for nature-based solutions Locked

A new report from WWF claims to set out a “systemic enabling framework” for implementing, scaling up and mainstreaming nature-based solutions (NbS). 

Global

UK’s infrastructure pipeline valued at £400bn Locked

The UK infrastructure pipeline remains solid, but the long-term trajectory suggests committed infrastructure spending is in decline

UK

Gove in, Jenrick out as zoning set to be dropped Locked

Michael Gove has replaced Robert Jenrick as housing secretary as widespread unofficial reports are claiming that mandatory housing targets and the zonal planning system will be dropped

UK

Vistry announces science-based net zero plan Locked

New entrant to UK construction lays out green credentials in net zero strategy and sustainability appointments 

UK

Dwellings per hectare critical in inspectors’ decisions Locked

Inspectorate rules that densities achievable on a brownfield site will not be suitable for family homes, but overturns a Council decision that an independent living proposal is over-development

UK

Banks warned about doing business with oil companies Locked

Client Earth states banks are jeopardising their reputations and legal responsibilities by financing a new oil field

UK

Solar success for Arcus in Harrogate Locked

ERM-owned Arcus helps Elgin Energy achieve planning permission for a 49MW solar farm

UK

Expert Opinion: Is it time for a Liveability Impact Assessment? Locked

EIA is a well established staple of the environmental & sustainability consulting industry. But does "environment" truly reflect the health, wellbeing, social cohesion and economic health aspects of any good EIA today?

UK

AECOM to monitor Greater Manchester air quality Locked

Large-scale contract supports city-region’s Clean Air Plan

UK

UK publishes hydrogen strategy Locked

UK government aims for £1bn hydrogen economy by 2030 and £13bn industry by 2050

UK

Assess the environmental impacts but focus on the outcomes Locked

Mott MacDonald’s Luke Strickland provides a compelling case for how technology can finally help us achieve outcome-focused environmental assessment

UK

Expert to lead on sustainability for Royal HaskoningDHV Locked

UK-based Matthew Hunt holds a PhD in climate change and ecology and has been with the consultancy since 2007

Europe, Global, UK

Clarity needed on councils’ role in net zero Locked

Report from the National Audit Office identifies lack of clarity, piecemeal funding and diffuse accountabilities

UK

UK’s natural capital valued at £921bn Locked

The ONS has calculated the value of the UK’s natural capital highlighting the increasing value of renewable, timber and mineral assets; and the ongoing decline of fossil fuels

UK

Expert Opinion: Environmental consultants to gain from waste revolution Locked

The largest changes to waste and recycling services in a generation are being introduced across the UK. Dr Adam Read, director of external affairs at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK and president of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), unpicks the implications for the environmental industry

UK

Water quality pollution incidents unacceptable Locked

Environment Agency describes Southern Water and South West Water’s environmental performance assessment scores as ‘consistently unacceptable’

UK

Greater Manchester’s sustainable travel initiative launched Locked

AECOM supports Greater Manchester in efforts to boost sustainable business travel across the region

UK

Ofwat approves £2.7bn build back better spending Locked

Additional investment provided for COVID-19 recovery, natural flood management and improving water quality

UK