Feature Articles

In which direction is England’s road network heading?

18 July 2017

A nudge for the low-carbon electrification of England’s road and motorway network in June’s Queen’s Speech is one of many changes the national highway system is set to see. Meanwhile, a radical road strategy launched in 2015 may need tweaking, a new report has found.

Your green fleet

18 July 2017

The use of fleet vehicles has continued to be a pressure point for organisations wanting to improve their carbon footprint. A wholesale move to electric vehicles may be possible for some, but not for all businesses. Dave Howell reviews how fleet users can improve their environmental credentials today.

The transition to a circular economy gets under way in Europe

11 July 2017

The EU has embarked on an ambitious new circular economy action plan to transform the economy and generate sustainable competitive advantages for all businesses across Europe. In this article, John Barwise explains the inexorable rise of the circular economy in Europe and the plans that are being put in place to make it happen.

Tapping into smarter water management

4 July 2017

A new competitive market for water opened its doors for business on 1 April this year. A reduction in price per cubic metre was at the top of most people’s wish list, but with the margins between wholesale and retail prices slim, the savings are unlikely to be as high as hoped. Laura King takes a look at how the new market can instead make water efficiency the top saver.

Crossrail: setting the standard

27 June 2017

Sustainability has been integral to Crossrail, London’s new railway and Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, from the start. Caroline Hand reports.

The Economic Growth (Regulatory Functions) Order 2017 explained

27 June 2017

For regulators working in the fields of environmental protection and health and safety, the Deregulation Act 2015 made it a requirement that regulators have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth. Paul Clarke explores the remit and potential impact of this requirement.

Urban Biocycles

20 June 2017

Caroline Hand looks at biocycles and a future of anaerobic digestion (AD), waste water treatment plants and biorefineries as she examines the Urban Biocycles report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

What a gas? F-gas regulations and what they actually mean

20 June 2017

The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 (EU Regulation 517/2014), came into force in the UK on 1 January 2015. They are designed to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases). While many managers understand these regulations, in this article Alan Field explains some of the more unusual aspects of managing practical compliance with them.

Safe and healthy outdoor working in the summer

15 June 2017

Employers with outdoor workers need to consider how to manage issues such as sunburn, skin cancer, dehydration and heat stress, in order to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for their employees this summer. Vicky Powell advises on how to tackle these risks.

A vaping environment

13 June 2017

With large numbers of people moving from cigarettes to vaping, but no legislation to govern vaping, Dave Howell examines what stance organisations should take on the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or vaporisers in or around their premises.