Feature Articles

Green innovations update

16 May 2017

Tim and Caroline Hand take their characteristically light-hearted look at some of the most promising green innovations of the last few months.

Building adaptation for climate change

9 May 2017

The climate is changing. If global emissions are not reduced, temperatures will rise and changes in weather patterns will lead to more extreme weather events such as flooding and heatwaves. Is your building climate change adapted? Laura King looks at some of the threats and solutions.

Principles of good asbestos management practice

2 May 2017

Asbestos is a sensitive topic which can strike fear in those responsible for its management. Do you have it on any of your sites? Sebastian Mazurczak describes the main principles to aid in safely managing the substance.

A circular environment

2 May 2017

The ideas behind the circular economy have been expanding for several years. With more emphasis on designing longevity and recycling into more products, how can organisations do more to deliver the environmental and commercial gains the movement promises? Dave Howell reports.

Challenges and opportunities facing the waste sector — Dr Colin Church, CIWM

2 May 2017

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is the leading professional body for resource and waste professionals in the UK. In this interview, John Barwise talks to CEO Dr Colin Church about the challenges and opportunities facing the sector at present and the prospects for the industry in the long term, as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

A tale of six cities

25 April 2017

The Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine are cornerstones for an industrial strategy designed to boost and balance sustainable regional development away from London and the southeast as the UK maps out a new vision of what it offers to the world. Jon Herbert reports.

Take a deep breath

25 April 2017

As concerns about poor air quality in our cities grow, air pollution caused by vehicles is rising up the political agenda and momentum for action is building. New air quality plans are expected from the Government this spring, but what might this mean for fleet managers and businesses relying on vehicles as part of their organisation? Laura King investigates.

Investing in green offices to promote wellbeing

18 April 2017

Organisations need to support and promote wellbeing across their estates. Simply investing in green office initiatives can pay huge dividends, explains Dave Howell.

Polar bears or angels? The changing face of green champions

11 April 2017

Without sustained behaviour change from staff, even the most innovative and carefully planned green strategy will fail. “Green Champions” have long been a pillar of workplace sustainability initiatives and are key to achieving that behaviour change. The environmental manager recruits a few green and keen individuals who share their vision to save energy or reduce waste. They are responsible for instructing and motivating their colleagues, overseeing the practical aspects of project and liaising with management. Caroline Hand explores how the concept of a green champion has been evolving as lessons are learned from successful projects.

Environment report — how well are businesses performing?

11 April 2017

The Environment Agency (EA) has published the latest performance review of its regulatory regime on protecting the environment and human health and promoting economic growth. John Barwise considers the data and assesses how well businesses are performing.