Petition demands protection for nightingales Locked

Petitioners want an a full EIA to ensure the needs of nightingales as well as other vulnerable locally-known species including dormice and great crested newts are considered

UK

Natural England expands GCN district scheme Locked

The ‘district level licensing’ scheme better protects Great Crested Newts by working at a landscape rather than at site-by-site scale and uses conservation payments

UK

Mine-water heated scheme to proceed at garden village Locked

The Coal Authority estimates there could be enough energy in the UK’s flooded, abandoned mines to heat all the homes on the coalfields.

UK

East West Rail highlights HS2’s failings, says RSPB Locked

Oxford to Cambridge rail line applauded for biodiversity net gain pledge, and highlights HS2’s “failings”

UK

Compensation key to future of UK offshore wind Locked

Compliance has become increasingly difficult as the UK plans a tripling of installed capacity from 9.5 gigawatts to 30GW by 2030.

UK

Water directive ‘fit for purpose’ concludes EU Locked

Report says it has been successful in terms of a governance framework, however no substantial progress in water bodies’ overall status has been made between the first and the second river basin management cycles.

Europe, Global, UK

Blows traded as HS2 decision approaches

HS2 says a Wildlife Trust report into loss of sites and species is inaccurate and misleading.

UK

LUC becomes employee owned Locked

Employees will now be involved in key company decisions and have an equal share of LUC’s profits.

UK

Road run-off is significant cause of London river pollution

Roads where heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) regularly apply their brakes are often the worst affected, around junctions, roundabouts and traffic lights.

UK

‘Huge challenge’ for developers to deliver greener homes Locked

Only 12% in an HBF survey thought the focus should be on cutting emissions from homes in the Government's net zero emissions target.

UK

Portsmouth unlocks development drought with ‘nitrate credit’

Developers will be required to include water-saving and elements such as sustainable urban drainage in new schemes but, in addition, they can purchase ‘mitigation credits’ from the council.

UK

RSK acquires consulting engineer Silcock Leedham Locked

The deal will see three businesses – Silcock Leedham Consulting Engineers, Zero Energy Design and Verisys – and its 47 staff added to RSK’s 3,600-strong operation.

UK

Agency warns of ‘runaway global warming’ after 2030 Locked

EEA director says radical policies are needed, such as “breakthrough investments” in areas like electric vehicles, rather than marginal efficiency gains through adapting existing technologies.

UK

Agency warns of ‘runaway global warming’ after 2030 Locked

EEA executive director says radical policies are needed, such as “breakthrough investments” in areas like electric vehicles, rather than marginal efficiency gains through adapting existing technologies.

Europe, Global

North Sea oil and gas companies look to renewables and decommissioning

Half of respondents to a survey reported growing demand for their products and services in non-oil and gas projects .

UK

UK must act fast to achieve net zero, says PwC Locked

PwC said the UK is making limited progress outside of power and industry and calls for the UK to electrify heating and transport sectors.

UK

Development proposed for AONB on the Gower Locked

Action group cites potential effects on tourism and local wildlife along with drainage and access issues.

UK

Protests as Barry biomass plant prepares to go live Locked

It will use a low oxygen gasification process to convert woodchips into syngas, used to generate electricity to power 23,000 homes.

UK

UK environmental services sector launches 'pledge to net zero'

AECOM and WSP take the lead with industry trade bodies to encourage sector to practise what it preaches.

UK

Agency’s water quality sampling scaled back Locked

Greenpeace investigation indicates big drop in water pollution monitoring activity by regulator.

UK

School boy writes to Prince Charles about Cardiff incinerator Locked

The £150m plant would burn up 200,000 tonnes of treated commercial waste a year and generate enough electricity to power up to 30,000 homes.

UK

RSK acquires ATP, the seventh company this year Locked

Latest buy adds architecture, building surveying and project management capabilities.

UK

Former Leven Road Gas Works development approved Locked

2,800 homes to be constructed on the 20ha brownfield site, alongside commercial space, a new riverside park and a secondary school

UK

Street lights and timeshares – the world of the bat Locked

Red LEDs provide bat-friendly highway lights, and sensors combined with machine learning reveal that different bat species hunt at different times.

UK

New strategy to guide IEMA’s work for next five years Locked

A number of key guidance documents and briefings are to be launched in the coming months on topics including digital EIA, climate change, materials and waste.

UK

Environmental improvements from smart cities proving difficult Locked

EIC report finds that the proportion of smart initiatives that are focused on environmental problems (23%) has not increased over the last five years.

UK

Cash boost for ‘construction corridor’ for modular housing Locked

Ilke Homes is set to produce up to 5,000 units a year over the next five years, which will make it one of the UK’s top ten house builders.

UK

Full costs of biodiversity net gain revealed

Developers will be able to purchase credits called biodiversity units to offset their biodiversity obligations, with one unit costing £11,000.

UK

Wind farm and warehouses only sectors to avoid Brexit blight Locked

Autumn forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA) have been lowered due to factors such as HS2 delays, Hinkley Point C cost overruns and trends in house price growth.

UK

Climate-friendly councils revealed Locked

Wiltshire is the most climate-friendly council in England and Wales, according to Friends of the Earth research.

UK