Green Innovations Update: June 2019

25 June 2019

This month’s selection of promising innovations includes breakthroughs which could answer some of our thorniest environmental problems - urban particulate pollution, plastics in the ocean and the difficulty of tracking supply chains. On a lighter note, fast food fans will be pleased to see that the price of an Impossible Burger has fallen dramatically since we last reported on it in our Future Foods article.

The injustice of climate change

25 June 2019

The injustice of climate change is that many who suffer the most have done least to cause the problem. Paul Clarke reports.

Innovation and the Precautionary Principle – risk or opportunity?

18 June 2019

The European Commission has incorporated a new ‘Innovation Principle’ into its proposed Horizon Europe funding programme, but critics argue this threatens to undermine the Precautionary Principle – the cornerstone of EU regulatory policy – set up to protect human health and the environment from harm. John Barwise looks at the consequences of this subtle but significant shift in policy.

Legal registers explained

17 June 2019

Companies are not required to have a legal register. However, if they are operating in areas in which compliance with a wide range of rules and regulations is necessary, it is difficult to see how they could meet their obligations without a proper system in place. Paul Clarke explains what a legal register is and how it can be a practical tool that improves efficiency and helps to reduce costly mistakes.

Modern Slavery Act — improving transparency in supply chains?

11 June 2019

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA) came into force in October 2015. Ground-breaking in its scope, it shone a spotlight on the issues of modern slavery in supply chains. Laura King looks at what impact it has had on improving transparency.

Carbon comes home to roost

4 June 2019

For years, ominous environmental warnings have been set comfortably into the distant future. Today’s wakeup call is that we must reach net-zero carbon — and not just an 80% emissions cut — by 2050, say Government advisors, especially if we want to avoid a mass extinction of species. Jon Herbert reports.

Biodiversity net gain: the new mandatory system

28 May 2019

In March 2019 the Government announced that, through the new Environment Bill, biodiversity net gain (BNG) would be made mandatory for all new developments in England. Caroline Hand explains how the system will work.