Asbestos awareness campaign launched

8 October 2013

The British Lung Foundation has launched a new campaign — Take 5 and Stay Alive — aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos among tradespeople.

First ever BSI Kitemark for a new energy efficiency building product

7 October 2013

BSI, in conjunction with Loughborough University and Kingfisher Future Homes Group, have formed a partnership to improve the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock and the UK’s first ever BSI KitemarkTM for energy-efficient buildings has been awarded to iQE for its A-rated Simplicity Boiler.

Humanity responsible for climate change, IPCC says

3 October 2013

“Human influence on the climate system is clear and evident in most regions of the globe”, a new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded.

Report on REACH and CLP compliance

2 October 2013

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a new report on compliance with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regime, and the European Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP), which found that 67% of the inspected companies were non-compliant with one or more provisions of REACH or CLP.

SWMP Regulations repealed

27 September 2013

The Government has repealed the Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) Regulations 2008 were revoked on 1 December 2013 with effect from 1 October 2013. The regulations applied to England only.

Using trees to monitor air pollution in cities

24 September 2013

It may be possible to use trees to monitor levels of air pollution in cities, research suggests. A Belgian study found evidence that leaves of urban trees change both chemically and physiologically when exposed to different levels of air pollution. If these changes are carefully quantified, trees could provide cheap and widespread “bio-indicators”, the study’s authors suggest.

Lochhead opens BRE Resource Efficient House

24 September 2013

The Resource Efficient House at the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig in Lanarkshire has been launched by Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Environ appointed to carbon framework

24 September 2013

Carbon Trust Wales has appointed international environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy Environ to its framework for the provision of carbon management and energy efficiency advice and associated consultancy services.