Feature Articles

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.

The global garbage bin

7 February 2017

Caroline Hand explores the damage that waste plastics are doing to our seas and the very serious threat to the survival of many species of marine life.

A BIM environment

31 January 2017

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has transformed how facilities managers (FMs) can influence the construction and design of their premises. But how does BIM impact the environment manager? Dave Howell reports.

Good and bad news about carbon and warming

24 January 2017

The world is well behind the curve in keeping global temperature rises below 2°C — and preferably 1.5°C — this century, says the UN. However, progress is being made too. Jon Herbert looks at what countries, industries and companies are expected to do and the technologies that need to be invented.

Brownfield land problems

17 January 2017

The idea that land is a commodity “they ain’t making no more” is not quite true in a sustainable context. The UK has pre-loved brownfield land aplenty. However, putting it to good use is a challenge for developers and an opportunity for innovative companies. Jon Herbert reports.

Exporting our waste: what is happening to our RDF?

17 January 2017

In this article, Caroline Hand investigates how and why the trade in RDF has grown so rapidly, and looks at the somewhat contradictory forecasts and predictions which are currently in circulation.