Feature Articles

Sustainable procurement: source locally, drive value

21 March 2017

Can buying locally help organisations meet the procurement challenges 2017 is likely to bring? Laura King investigates.

The Lords, the environment and the Great Repeal Bill

14 March 2017

The Government intends to retain all existing EU laws in domestic law through the “Great Repeal Bill”, to ensure continuity and stability when the UK leaves the EU. But the House of Lords warns of post-Brexit uncertainties over the transposition of EU environmental laws into UK legislation, which it says could affect trading arrangements with other EU countries and leave gaps in environmental protection policies. John Barwise explains.

Flexible spaces

7 March 2017

The working spaces that environment managers need to create across their estates need to be flexible and offer their workforces tangible tools to help them every day. Dave Howell reports.

Managing confidential waste

7 March 2017

Mike Sopp examines the legislative and organisational requirements surrounding the destruction of media which may contain confidential information.

Transforming the world to sustainability

1 March 2017

Tim Balcon is the Chief Executive of the environment and sustainability professionals’ body, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). As a former CEO of Energy and Utility Skills, and past President of the Institute of Water, Tim has a wealth of experience in utilities management and education.

The Government’s industrial strategy

21 February 2017

On 23 January this year, the Government published a Green Paper on its new industrial strategy. Caroline Hand examines the strategy in detail, the 10 pillars of policy and the future economy it envisages.

Radon: the risks

17 February 2017

Radon, a natural radioactive gas, is a hazard in many homes and workplaces. Inhaling radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer in the UK, causing more than 1100 lung cancer deaths each year. Gordon Tranter considers the risks from radon in the workplace.

Planet Ocean: welcome to an alien world

14 February 2017

Paul Clarke asks why scientists know far more about the dark side of the moon than they do about areas making up more than 70% of their home planet.

Electric cars in the slow lane

14 February 2017

Sustainable electrification of the UK’s car and van fleet is crucial to the Government’s low-carbon strategy but despite accelerating technical progress, it still has a long way to go. Jon Herbert looks at the revolution that is not picking up speed fast enough.

Enforcement and Sanctions — new environmental guidelines

7 February 2017

The Environment Agency (EA) has released new advice and guidance on securing legal compliance through enforcement, civil sanctions and prosecutions. The EA says its preferred approach is to engage with businesses it regulated to enable compliance and to provide advice on ways to avoid bureaucracy and excessive cost. John Barwise outlines the EA’s new approach to sanctions and enforcement.