COP26 — travelling towards net-zero carbon

19 April 2021

The world is on course to cut carbon emissions by less than 1% before 2030. Keeping temperature rises down to a “safe” 1.5°C needs a 45% fall, a February 2021 UN Climate Change report warns. Jon Herbert asks if November’s global COP26 climate summit in Scotland can close the gap.

Toilet provision: same sex or gender neutral?

16 April 2021

The Government has noted a trend towards the removal of sex-specific toilet provision over the past few years. Can gender-neutral facilities meet everyone’s needs? Laura King considers the expectations and requirements for toilet provision.

The new waste prevention plan

15 April 2021

The new draft waste prevention programme for England, published on 18 March, demonstrates that the Government has grasped the importance of a circular economy and appreciates that it could bring major economic benefits — including job creation — while tackling the environmental imperatives of conserving resources and reducing carbon emissions. Caroline Hand reports on the details of the proposal.

Covid Secure: working safely in offices and contact centres

9 April 2021

As the Covid-19 crisis continues, the Government is regularly updating its advice to ensure that employers, workers and the self-employed work safely during the pandemic. Vicky Powell looks at the key points for working safely in offices, contact centres and similar working spaces.

Covid Secure: working safely in factories, plants and warehouses

9 April 2021

The UK Government has published a set of guidance documents to assist a range of workplaces with advice on establishing safe operations. Gordon Tranter considers the updated advice given to people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses.

Collecting contact details for NHS Test and Trace

7 April 2021

The Government requires businesses in designated sectors to support the NHS Test and Trace service by keeping a temporary record of all staff working, customers and visitors for 21 days. Paul Clarke reviews what this means in terms of data collection.

Keeping pace with business and environment standards after Brexit

5 April 2021

The UK has left the European Union and is free to set its own rules on trade, and pursue its own plans for economic prosperity and environmental protection. In this article, John Barwise reviews progress following the UK’s departure from the EU, and assesses the implications for businesses and the environment in the long term.

Pressing the nuclear button

30 March 2021

Between 2021 and 2050, as well as a resolution for the Covid-19 crisis, the UK must create a net zero carbon society to meet the growing climate change emergency. Enormous amounts of clean green energy will be needed. Is going nuclear avoidable? Jon Herbert reports.