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Call for radical re-think on UK waste policy Locked

Recycling is part of the problem rather than the solution, argues new report on waste management.

UK

Bee discovery adds more problems to London Resort development Locked

The shrill carder bee is a priority species of conservation concern and provides a boost to those objecting to the gigantic theme park.

UK

Energy experts call for long-term green investment, not ‘dash for gas’ Locked

Environment and industry stakeholders fear that Liz Truss’s energy policies ignore energy saving and could jeopardise the UK’s attainment of its net zero goals.

UK

Climate information market improves risk prediction Locked

UK academics develop ‘prediction-market’ technology for forecasting climate risk, promising enhanced assessments for large-scale infrastructure and other types of investment.

Global, UK

Cloud-based software speeds environmental compliance Locked

New platform creates environmental compliance obligation registers for UK firms, with a focus on challenging clauses in the ISO14001 standard.

UK

New housing and regeneration policies taking shape Locked

The new PM and housing secretary want to scrap centralised, top-down targets under the government’s standard method of assessing housing need, giving more say to local communities.

UK

Fast track moves closer for energy, road and rail projects Locked

By 2024, EU habitat directives and EIA will be scrapped and approval times for large national infrastructure projects cut by half, under government plans.

UK

Commons committee says government looks to be centralising planning Locked

Witnesses to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill inquiry say localism is under threat, and detail is sorely lacking

UK

Carbon offsetting protocol for Scotland Locked

Guidance recommends that landowners and investors should engage with communities before selling or leasing land for offsetting.

Scotland, UK

Construction sector needs ‘transformational shift’ on carbon Locked

Carbon life-cycle measurement requires common set of metrics and methods to bring consistency, UKGBC report concludes.

UK

Offshore wind expansion threatens efforts to save seabirds Locked

Current marine laws “are not working” and new plans are needed to prevent habitat destruction, says RSPB.

UK

Right to a sustainable environment is ‘only the beginning’ – UN secretary general Locked

There is no international consensus on the legal basis for the right and no internationally agreed understanding of the term ‘sustainable’.

Global, North America, UK

Devolution deal gives York and North Yorkshire up to £750m Locked

The deal is the first of 13 devolution negotiations named in the Levelling Up white paper to come to fruition.

UK

Could landfill tax refunds fund brownfield developments? Locked

Government call for evidence seeks information on where landfill taxes obstruct redevelopment — and on how to ensure a grant scheme would not incentivise illegal dumping.

UK

Mayor’s West Midlands brownfield study attacked Locked

Conservative councillors say Labour got the brownfield figures wrong, while Labour says the study misunderstands the Black Country Plan and puts houses on employment land.

UK

Radical changes for brownfield policy outlined by Tory candidates Locked

Rishi Sunak would stop development on the green belt, but Liz Truss promises to build one million homes on the green belt and is promoting brownfield zoning

UK

Expert Opinion: Demystifying the post-consent minefield for onshore wind Locked

Jenny Hazzard of ITPEnergised explains why environmental consultants have a crucial role helping companies navigate the complexities of onshore wind consenting.

Scotland, UK

Local authorities face net zero ‘finance gap’ Locked

The Public Works Loan Board and the UK Infrastructure Bank can only deliver a fraction of the investment required to reach net zero target, report finds

UK

New commission to propose pro-climate trade policies Locked

Group aims to counter developments like the UK-Australia trade deal, agreed “without a vote or debate in Parliament”, according to founding partner the Trade Justice Movement.

UK

Group to explore routes to a circular economy in building Locked

Study will identify the main barriers to a systemic shift from a linear to a circular economy in the construction sector.

UK

‘Get a grip’ on environmental protection, says EAC Locked

House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee fears that loosened ties with the Europe may jeopardise obligations recognised under EU law.

UK

Government relaxes coal regulations to address winter energy security Locked

Surge in coal use across Europe poses problems for corporate ESG ratings.

UK

Green light for Sizewell C Locked

Application included the most complex and ambitious digital environmental impact assessment ever undertaken in the UK, led by AECOM

UK

Engineering body warns ‘green skills gap’ threatens net zero target Locked

Demand for skilled sustainability personnel surges while engineering and construction sectors lose thousands of jobs to retirement.

UK

Environment Agency calls for stiff penalties for negligent water companies Locked

Agency is itself under investigation – along with water regulator Ofwat and Defra – by the new Office for Environmental Protection, for potentially failing to regulate sewage releases.

UK

Staff share in LUC’s strong performance Locked

Environmental design and planning firm attributes its ongoing success to a diversity of clients and services — and employee ownership. Managing director Jon Grantham spoke with Environment Analyst.

UK

Overhaul of UK electricity market to help reach net zero Locked

Government mulls splitting wholesale market to drive renewable investment and improve energy security.

UK

UK celebrates largest renewable auction despite target miss Locked

Offshore wind capacity boosted by 35% en route to 50GW target by 2030.

UK

Market solutions and policy action essential for aviation transition, says business sector Locked

Industry organisations identify incentives for net zero aviation following government’s new 'Jet Zero' strategy, with CBI calling for a “price mechanism” on sustainable aviation fuel.

UK

Turner & Townsend unveils embodied carbon calculator Locked

Software aligns with key industry guidance and recommendations.

UK