Climate Change Risk Assessments for Permitted Sites – Are you prepared?

Climate Change Risk Assessments for Permitted Sites - Are you prepared?

Do you hold an environmental permit? All regulated facilities that hold an environmental permit issued by the Environment Agency are required to integrate climate change adaptation planning into their management systems and complete a Climate Change Risk Assessment. If your permit was issued: On or after 1 April 2023 – Integrate climate change adaptation planning […]

UPDATE – Developing a Management System: Environmental Permits Guidance

UPDATE - Developing a Management System: Environmental Permits Guidance

Introduction: Developing a management system and keeping it up to date in order to carry out activities under an environmental permit, is a requirement by the UK Government. The Guidance was originally published in 2016 but was updated in 2023 by the Environment Agency. A written management system describes what will be done to minimise […]

UK on Track to Hit WEEE Targets

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UK on Track to Hit WEEE Targets Defra have published data that indicates that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) targets for the first three quarters of 2023 are set to be achieved for the first time in six years. The UK have collected 359,289 tonnes of WEEE from January to September, with an […]

Net-Zero Cement (EvoZero)

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Net-Zero Cement (EvoZero) The world’s first carbon captured net-zero cement has been launched by Heidelberg Materials. Their cement plant in Brevik, Norway is currently building a carbon capture and storage system (CCS), which allows the cement produced to be labelled as net zero carbon. All the cement produced across Europe can be called net zero¹. […]

Timber Construction

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The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have stated that utilising timber in construction will have a considerable impact on reducing emissions from buildings. In the UK, 80% of the timber being used is imported; Defra wants the UK to rely less on imports but construct more with timber. The Timber in Construction […]

Unlimited Financial Penalties for Environmental Offences

Unlimited Financial Penalties for Environmental Offences

“Polluters must always pay”. Department for Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs (Defra) have announced changes to the Variable Monetary Penalties (VMPs), which are civil sanctions that are issued by the Environment Agency (EA). These sanctions are sent to companies and individuals who have breached their permits and have polluted the environment. The range of offences […]

New Waste Reforms – Defra’s Simpler Recycling

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New Waste Reforms – Defra’s Simpler Recycling What does this mean? The Government has revealed its ‘Simpler Recycling Plan’ for England. Under these plans, new waste reforms are being pushed to help with the Government’s net zero goal. In October and November 2023, DEFRA and the Government have announced an update on the scheme. What […]

What is BREEAM?

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What is BREEAM? BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, it is utilised in master planning projects, buildings, and infrastructure. This sustainability assessment method was established in 1990 by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and can be applied to refurbishment schemes or new developments. The standards for environmental performance of buildings through each […]

Important News – Wood Waste Handling Regulations: Launch of RPS 291

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A 1-year regulatory position statement (RPS) has been released by The Environment Agency, which governs the treatment of hazardous wood. This enables the movement of ‘amber’ items under a transfer note. After The Environment Agency decided to withdraw RPS 250 on the 1st September 2023, they outlined 10 waste wood items from pre-2007 buildings that […]

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