HCA updates approach to regulation

22 January 2014

The Homes and Communities agency (HCA) has updated its Regulating the Standards document, giving additional detail on the regulator’s approach to economic regulation.

M&S signs up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project

21 January 2014

Marks and Spencer (M&S) are the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project. The initiative is intended to improve the life and health of vulnerable children while cutting carbon emissions.

Business rate incentive for councils from shale gas

20 January 2014

In a move that will be directly funded by central Government, the Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that millions of pounds in business rates will be given to local councils that decide to give the go ahead to shale gas developments.

Shale gas impacts on water overplayed

16 January 2014

An independent study by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) found that, compared to other fossil fuels, the overall water use intensity of shale gas is low. It also said that claims by some opponents that the industry represents a threat to the security of public water supplies are alarmist.

EU Ship Recycling Regulation

15 January 2014

The regulation, which came into force on 30 December 2013, brings in the requirements of the 2009 Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The new Recycling Ship Regulation will apply to large seagoing vessels flying the flag of a Member State. The intention of the regulations is to reduce the negative impact of ship recycling, which is often carried in South Asia with few measures in place to protect the environment or the workers.