Feature Articles

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.

Asbestos exposure and civil liability: recent prosecutions

7 April 2017

The issue of civil liability for death or injury resulting from exposure to asbestos in the workplace is complex, particularly as related diseases occur many years after exposure. Robert Spicer reports.

Global Asbestos Awareness Week

4 April 2017

Nigel Bryson takes a look at the ongoing importance of raising awareness of asbestos issues.

Safety and in-house cycling schemes

28 March 2017

In this article, Mike Sopp looks at the safety aspects of managing a workplace pool bike scheme.

Case report: £505k in fines and costs following pollution at Cornwall’s largest landfill

27 March 2017

On Friday 3 February 2017, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Limited (previously trading as SITA UK Limited) was ordered to pay £505,000 by Truro Crown Court following a series of offences at the Connon Bridge landfill site, near Liskeard. After pleading guilty, Suez was fined £180,000 for six offences under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. These were:

REACH and the precautionary principle

27 March 2017

Deadlines for demanding new EU 2018 REACH chemical safety registration are fast approaching and in parallel with the UK’s changing relationship with Europe. Jon Herbert reports.

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.