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18 August 2017
By Chloé Souque

Legislative Change Raises the Embodied Carbon Issue

The EU Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (85/337/EEC) first came into force in 1985 and was transposed in UK legislation in 1988. Over the past nearly 30 years, the EIA regulations have provided local planning authorities and the planning inspectorate with a framework to facilitate the consideration of the likely environmental effects of a proposed development when granting planning permission. It also enables key stakeholders and the wider community to be given an opportunity to participate in the decision making process. Read more…

31 July 2017
By Abby Crisostomo

Engagement is a two-way street: Strategies for utilities to help people help the environment

Last month, I presented at the International Water Association's Efficient Water 2017 conference. The quality of the content and people at the conference was incredibly high, better than many other events I've attended recently. A large part of this is due to the fact that the water sector is moving beyond the engineering details of pipe, pumps and membranes and into the reality of the role of people in sustainable water management. There were conversations on policy and regulations, development, behaviour change, customer engagement, demographics, incentives and market mechanisms, retrofits, strategic planning, university collaboration, home visits, apps for data sharing, certification, taxes, real estate transactions—and that only covers the sessions I was able to attend! Read more…

17 July 2017
By Kirsten Henson

Can Concrete and Steel Ever be Carbon Neutral?

I was fortunate to be asked to present at the IStructE’s 2017 Sustainability Conference: Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation on the 13th July. There were two distinct highlights of the day for me: Keith Clarke’s humorous and informative key note speech which encouraged participants to consider equality and the rapidly growing ‘middle-class’ when considering climate change, and the final Q&A panel session which heralded many interesting questions from the audience. Read more…

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