Green route to developing Africa
Many assume that multinationals investing in developing countries abandon their environmental principals in the quest for a fast buck. But, on a recent trip to East Africa, Tom Idle was surprised to find cement giant Lafarge is going to extraordinary lengths to apply green principals in this dynamic emerging market
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.
Guardian of the Gateway
With 25,000 new homes being built over the next 20 years, the north Kent region of the Thames Gateway is a huge project. Tom Idle met up with Paul Williams, the man who will ensure the environment is considered at all stages of the development
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, July 06
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we look at the second reading of the EU's Groundwater Directive, the introduction of RoHS regulations, restrictions on ozone depleting substances and new rules for waste management in Northern Ireland.
Business of biodiversity
According to new research, supporting biodiversity can have benefits for business. John Haven reports
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, June 06
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see the EC consulting on waste incineration and amending its position on the import and export of hazardous chemicals. In the UK contaminated land law gets an overhaul and a raft of new regulations covering pollution from shipping are introduced. Regulations to protect watercourses from agricultural pollution are amended and local authorities in Scotland are given greater powers to ensure water supplies are up to standard.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (April 06)
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see revisions to EU clean water rules with a new version of the Bathing Water Directive, while in the UK new ETS allocation rules provide for pre-2004 installations.
Dr Richard Coulton highlights the likely impact that new legislation will have on contractors undertaking dewatering operations
Tarmac now a 'net user' of waste as consumption exceeds production
Leading aggregrates firm Tarmac has reduced the amount of waste sent to disposal by 92% since 2004 and is now a "net user" of waste, according to its latest sustainability report.
Russian Spies Have Us Mapped Out
At this year's ET 2007, Landmark Information Group will be exhibiting their latest addition to their historical map archive, Russian spy maps of the UK. Richard Pawlyn, Managing Director of Landmark Information Group's Property and Environment division, explains the role that these unique maps play in helping consultants identify potentially contaminative features.
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WFD, Mcerts... it’s time for a total solution and regulation
Permits - creating challenges for businesses in a range of industrial sectors. Rob Stevens explains how RS Hydro delivered on a huge project for CEMEX.
Your legal queries answered
What is the purpose and effect of the new Waste Management Regulations, and do they repeal and replace the 1994 Waste Management Licensing Regulations ?
Actuator-driven pinch valves answer to an island's prayer
Guernsey Water had a problem. After only 18 months on the job, the purging valves at its two main water treatment plants were failing up to three times a week. Martin Hunt describes how some simple technology solved the problem.
Products of the times
Technology is really stepping up to the plate in the drive to make homes more sustainable - from the foundations up to the roof. Kevin Stanley takes us on a tour of cutting-edge products, available in the UK right now, that do their bit to mitigate climate change
Hanson embraces demand response approach to energy management
Building materials supplier Hanson UK is pioneering a demand-side response approach to energy management, with the technology being rolled out to 29 of the company's quarries across the country.
Payout for quarrying communities
The Scottish Executive has announced the successful bidders for the latest round of grants for environmental renewal projects for communities living in the shadow of quarries.
Edie environmental legislation summary (July 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: EU bans phthalates in toys, 13 alien invaders added to list of plants banned from Scottish wilds, Northern Ireland gets new powers to designate and protect environmentally sensitive areas, UK public sector document to become more public and much more.
Edie environmental legislation summary (May 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: POPs, EU membership, greenhouse gas emissions trading, clean neighbourhoods, hazardous waste regulations, and much more.
Edie environmental legislation summary (April 2005)
In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: new aviation emission levels; GM ruling; changes to EU Energy Act; Landfill Tax amendments and the Landfill Allowances and Trading Scheme; pesticide controls; water resources regulations and more.
Aggregates levy funding to reduce impact of quarrying
Defra is providing £29.3 million from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) to address the impacts that quarrying has on the environment and nearby communities.
Firms contest UK stance on waste oil burning
Planned new controls on burning of waste lubricating oils by the asphalt industry in England and Wales will create more environmental problems than they solve, the sector has alleged. Britain's quarry products association (QPA) called on the government to review its "seriously flawed policy".
Coal and quarry waste turned into peat-free compost
Waste products from coal mining and quarrying can be recycled to produce a peat-free compost, a 12 month study has shown.
Mike Wilyman, remediation director, Carl Bro Engineering Consultants and Guy Pomphrey, manager, DEC Environmental Contractors, outline the benefits of soil washing
Developers and planners: Delivering waste mamagement facilities through the planning system
With increasing demands on the planning system from Waste Strategy 2000, planning authorities are being asked to make finely balanced judgements on complex decisions against a backdrop of ever increasing public scrutiny. Alan Potter, Technical Director of the Waste and Resources Management Group at Golder Associates, outlines how waste management companies can make the planning procedure easier for both themselves and planning officers.
Paving the road to waste recovery
Stockpiles of crushed glass are increasingly being used in the construction and repair of our roads, thanks to a material known as ‘Glasphalt’.
Sand, gravel and rock, with some exceptions...
A tax on the commercial exploitation of aggregate will come into effect 1 April 2002, requiring companies to register and pay for the environmental impacts of virgin aggregate extraction. Beverly La Ferla reports.
Quarries threaten English landscape
Environmentalists warn that some of England’s “finest landscapes” are threatened by operators with the legal right to quarry enough aggregates to build more than 112 million houses, or 85,000 miles of motorway.
Minister rejects Scottish 'Superquarry'
The Scottish Environment Minister, Sam Galbraith, has refused planning permission for the proposed development of a superquarry at Lingerbay on Harris, saying that there was no justification for giving the development the go ahead.
Scottish Office Reporter recommends planning approval for Harris superquarry
The Scottish Office Reporter in charge of the proposed superquarry at Lingerbay on the Isle of Harris recommended that planning approval should be granted, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on 11 September.
EC takes first step toward coherent policy for a sustainable extractive industry
A Communication on the development of a sustainable development strategy for the non-energy extractive industry has been published by the Enterprise Directorate General of the European Commission.
UK's worst polluter faces further shame as villagers are evacuated
A long-term investigation by ICI into the effects of its historical use of quarries near Runcorn, Cheshire for chemical dumping has confirmed that some nearby homes do test positive for hexachlorobutadience (HCBD).
Quarrying industry asked for measures to reduce the environmental damage
The quarrying industry has been asked by the British Government to submit an enhanced package of voluntary measures to reduce the environmental impact of quarrying.
Aluminium waste could be used to make concrete
Researchers at Michigan Technological University are developing ways to use aluminium industry wastes in the manufacture of concrete.