Environment

Lack of regulation and talent gap hold back Scotland’s ESG investment sector

Scotland is missing an opportunity to become a leader in the rapidly growing field of ethical investment due to an unprepared workforce and a lack of clarity around regulation. Betsy Williamson, MD of Core-Asset Consulting, and Jamie Mariani, Portfolio...

What are the Climate Change Implications for Commercial Property Transactions?

In the commercial real estate sector, climate change has fast climbed the list of priorities. Investors and regulators are introducing more stringent rules, while employees and tenants demand action on the development of sustainable buildings, says Caroline Robinson, of...

Ground-breaking deal to establish two new Green Freeports

The new hubs will support regeneration in Scotland and the government’s bid to level-up all four corners of the United Kingdom. Bidders for the two Green Freeports must specify how they will create high-quality jobs and support the transition to...

A new direction for offsets: leaving the sham behind

Grandiose corporate claims about offsetting are a massive greenwash, argues Scott Poynton, the founder of climate change initiative My Carbon Zero. Forget feelgood strategies, companies need to act on the root causes of their emissions first. Karen Southern investigates. Scott...

Are you ready for the new climate and sustainability disclosure requirements?

Philip Richards, ESG and Net Zero Lead at BiU explains the new and upcoming reporting obligations for UK firms. In October 2021, the UK government published its Greening Finance Roadmap, which sets out new standards for reporting environmental and climate-related...

Met Office heatwave thresholds to be updated ahead of Summer 2022

Met Office heatwave thresholds are to be updated ahead of Summer 2022 as the UK sees impacts due to climate change. Warming across the country has, however, not been even with some regions experiencing more rapid change than others. Heatwave...

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report: Taking action now can secure our future

Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit,...

Greenwashing environmental credentials

Firms making ‘dodgy’ green claims could face action, warns Nick McAleenan, Partner at JMW Solicitors. “Greenwashing” is nothing new. In the 1980s and 1990s The Body Shop tapped in, very successfully, to the marketability of green consumerism. By encouraging customers...

Sustainability– the critical first steps

As with any major initiative, setting and achieving new corporate environmental goals requires careful planning. Nicolas Walden, Senior Director at The Hackett Group, outlines the three key criteria you should consider. Over the past year, many businesses have announced ambitious...

Will the CEO of the future mean Chief Environment Officer?

Probably not, argues Hark’s Jordan Appleson, but that doesn’t mean UK workers won’t be professionally involved in improving sustainability in years to come (if not already!). W e often hear about improving energy efficiency or tackling the climate crisis for ‘the...

Environment Bank celebrates new Credits scheme

A Yorkshire-based business is seeking to restore biodiversity and create new wildlife habitats throughout the UK, with the help of its pioneering ‘Credits’ scheme. Environment Bank has hired 20 professionals, including ecologists, marketing, operational and legal experts to work on...

Is the water crisis being overlooked?

With its imperativeness to human life, is enough attention being placed on the water crisis from our world’s changing climate, asks water sector training provider Learning & Development Associates (L&DA). The global water crisis is perhaps the biggest challenge in...

Step up climate change adaptation efforts or face huge disruption: UN report

Estimated adaptation costs in developing countries are five to ten times greater than current public adaptation finance flows Fewer than one third of 66 countries funded COVID-19 recovery measures to address climate risks Over 2,600 projects focus on...

Accolade for JPA Workspaces at 2021 Chamber Business Awards

JPA Workspaces has won Planet Saver Award in the East of England heats of the Chamber Business Awards. JPA is a sustainable office furniture and services company based in St Albans. With a rigorous sustainability policy, the company uses...

The future is green CO₂

Green CO₂ from a Dorset farm marks the launch of a pioneering model for the UK’s CO₂ industry, and aims to ensure there is no repeat of the industry-wide shortages experienced in 2018. J V Energen’s new CO₂ capture facility, at...

Global funding pours into UK national parks

With COP26 just around the corner, the UK’s National Parks and global impact firm Palladium have announced a number of pioneering deals for nature restoration projects in the UK, under the name Revere. Revere aims to restore natural habitats at...

More Than Simply Furniture…

Is it time to look past the furniture purchased for projects and re-visit your furniture providers? How do they support your organisation’s environmental and social targets and aspirations post-covid? At JPA Workspaces, we are passionate about the environment and community....

Jetpack designed for renewables industry shows the power of grants

The grand unveiling of a jetpack designed to support the renewable wind industry has thrown a spotlight on how grant funding will continue to shape the UK’s net zero future. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed the UK to getting...

Adler and Allan bolsters sustainability offering

15 September 2021, Environmental risk reduction specialist, Adler and Allan has launched several new services and strategies to reflect its mission to help clients reduce environmental risk and impact. Alongside these initiatives it has appointed a new Sustainability Manager to...

Innovation driving sustainable solutions to treat Yorkshire’s wastewater

Yorkshire Water and its partners Stantec and BarhaleDoosan JV are currently constructing an integrated wetland at Clifton wastewater treatment works to help reduce reliance on energy intensive treatment processes.  Here Yorkshire Water project lead Michael Housby explains the thinking behind...

Habitats protected in Norfolk through stricter abstraction limits

The Environment Agency has announced changes to water abstraction licences held by 20 businesses in the Ant Valley on the Norfolk Broads. This means that farmers and local businesses will be required to develop alternative and more sustainable sources of...

Thames Water co-funds £1.2 million London nature project

Thames Water is co-funding an ambitious new £1.2 million project to help more Londoners enjoy the benefits of nature on their doorstep. The Grow Back Greener fund will provide grants to dozens of projects to improve access to green spaces...

VENERABLE CIDER COMPANY MOVES WITH THE TIMES

Rooted in the soil of Herefordshire for five generations now, multi-award winning Westons Cider is wedded to the countryside it cherishes. By HELEN COMPSON “We are passionate about the environment where we both live and work,” said Darryl Hinksman, head of...

HELP AT HAND FOR ORGANISATIONS SEEKING TO BUILD CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE

An international authority on mitigating the effects of climate change, Climate Sense has joined forces with Learning & Development Associates (L&DA), a leading training provider to the UK water sector, to roll out the newly accredited Adaptation to Climate...

The climate fight will be won in the water

By John Russell, Senior Director Strategy, Finance and Infrastructure at Ofwat    There was a time when climate-conscious consumers keen to do their bit for the planet focused mainly on lifestyle changes that relate to our impact on the land.  From...

COP26 launches environment education packs for UK schools and students

Schools across the UK are being encouraged to start a conversation on climate change with their students, ahead of the UK hosting global climate summit COP26 later this year, as the Together for Our Planet Schools Pack launches today...

Best practice in climate change adaptation – are you climate ready?

Building resilience to climate change is a must for all organisations to ensure that your assets, operations, staff and customers can stand up to the impacts of extreme weather now and in the future.  Climate Sense has teamed up...

Public urged to Plant For Our Planet in a new campaign launched today

New initiative to get the country planting more trees and flowers launches on World Environment Day Drive to build back greener comes ahead of UK hosting global climate summit later this year The Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, National...

How public support today can accelerate the sustainable, bio-based supply chains of tomorrow

By Dr Sarah Hickingbottom General Manager for New Product Development and Stakeholder Relations, Circa Group For the European Union to meet the climate and biodiversity targets set out in the European Green Deal, it needs bold action. Sustainable, renewable and circular...

UK secures historic G7 commitments to tackle climate change and halt biodiversity loss by 2030

G7 Environment and Climate ministers commit to tackle climate change. G7 Environment and Climate ministers commit to protect land and ocean to bend the curve of biodiversity loss by 2030. They also commit to phase out new direct government...