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Feature Articles

Breathing Space

21 November 2017

With the Government being told by the High Court, it must do more to improve air quality, what does this mean for environment managers? Dave Howell reports.

Dealing with waste lithium batteries

21 November 2017

Caroline Hand discusses the options for dealing with waste lithium batteries, and advises on their safe and legal handling and disposal.

Computer refresh? Consider reuse

14 November 2017

Laura King takes a look at why computers that have reached the end of their corporate life should be sent for reuse.

Clean Growth Strategy — how will it benefit business productivity?

14 November 2017

The Government has finally published its long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy (CGS) which promises to strengthen gross domestic product (GDP) and improve productivity through a low-carbon economy that goes “hand-in-hand” with climate change goals. In this report, John Barwise considers what’s on offer and whether businesses really can improve productivity by cutting carbon emissions.

The good, the bad and the other news about carbon

7 November 2017

UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reached a record low this year due to both the efforts of individual companies and rapidly falling coal use. However, snakes and ladders are involved in making the 2015 UN Paris global agreement to combat dangerous climate change work in practice.

Party politics fought on environmental ground

7 November 2017

One party’s policies are another party’s political fodder. As Jon Herbert reports below, this year’s party conference season saw the UK’s low-carbon transition, campaigns for more renewable energy, tougher carbon dioxide (CO2) emission targets, and even calls for new attempts to develop a workable carbon storage technology, become fertile ground for claims, counter-claims and point scoring.

Carbon counting — a tale of two footprints

7 November 2017

John Barwise explains the scope of carbon footprinting — the ones we measure and the ones we have tended to ignore, and considers what we are doing about it.

Opinion: Martin Baxter, chair of ISO Environmental Management System Standards

31 October 2017

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), has played a key role in the development of environmental management systems (EMS) at national and international level for over 20 years. Earlier this year, he was confirmed as the new Chair of EMS standards at the prestigious International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Here, he talks to John Barwise about his career, the impact of Brexit on UK businesses and his aspirations for the development of environmental management and sustainability.

Committing to Courtauld

31 October 2017

The voluntary agreement that integrates members of the food supply chain in order to help reduce waste and make food and drink production more sustainable, continues to gain pace. Dave Howell assesses its current impact and whether the initiative is on track to achieve its stated goals

A greener court: the ECJ and the environment

24 October 2017

Access to justice in environmental matters is intrinsic to EU environmental law and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) plays a key role. Paul Clarke examines a recent Notice on Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, issued by the Commission and explains its significance.

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