COP26 — the challenges ahead

2 November 2021

After a 12-month delay due to the Covid pandemic, COP26 finally got underway at the weekend. Hosted by the UK and Italy, world leaders and climate negotiators gathering in Glasgow have just two weeks to thrash out an agreement for what many believe to be the last chance to save the planet from the irreversible consequences of climate change. But, as John Barwise explains, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change, remains the biggest challenge.

Case report: High Court decision in Wild Justice case

2 November 2021

On 18 January 2021, the High Court gave judgment in the case of Wild Justice v Natural Resources Wales. Wild Justice challenged the lawfulness of licences to kill or take wild birds issued by Natural Resources Wales.

Assessing Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

2 November 2021

With the government having announced in November 2020 that no more petrol or diesel cars and vans will be sold after 2030 and with it confirmed that the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles up to 26 tonnes will be banned by 2035, it is evident that some major changes are coming for the transport industry and the fleet of vehicles that keep the country running.

The top 5 workplace stresses faced by employees in 2021

28 October 2021

From feeling overwhelmed to trouble sleeping, a lack of self-confidence and using drugs or alcohol to cope — there are a myriad of ways stress can impact daily life. Long-term stress can lead to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, also known as burnout. And burnout can lead to serious health implications later down the line.

Don’t let the dust settle

27 October 2021

Laura King asks why dust is still a problem in the construction industry and what needs to be done to prevent it.

Carbon offsetting: your net zero contribution

22 October 2021

The Government has laid out ambitions to achieve net zero carbon emissions from the UK by 2050 and has embarked on a nationwide campaign to engage UK businesses to promote greater sustainability and greener innovation. A foremost step towards this initiative is examining and evaluating your carbon footprint to consider mitigation. Great potential lies within Carbon Offsetting (CO) as a genuine contribution to existing carbon footprint management and mitigation strategy.

The gas crisis explained and how it’s affecting your business

19 October 2021

Escalating food prices, energy bills, and political tension accompany a recent jump in the cost of gas. With no other contender mature or agile enough to take its place, natural gas occupies a unique position in the UK’s energy sector. Jack Barwise explores the current energy crisis, the role of global gas shortages, and what businesses can expect in the coming months.

Case report: Court of Appeal decision in Ivory Act case

18 October 2021

On 23 June 2020, the Court of Appeal gave judgement in the case of R (Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures Ltd) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures Ltd had appealed against the refusal of its application for judicial review of the Ivory Act 2018.

COP26: will it deliver on net zero and climate change?

15 October 2021

With less than one month to go before the UK hosts COP26, there is growing pressure on all countries to deliver on their net zero commitments and avoid a global climate catastrophe. But the process of securing an agreement amongst 190+ nations over what needs to be done and who should pay for it, is far more complex, as John Barwise explains.