Day: 10 March 2005
Scottish housing bill will increase capacity and improve quality
Scotland's Housing Bill, published this week, promises to improve the condition of existing housing stock in both the private and social sector, as well as investing £1.2 billion to provide an average annual increase in affordable housing of 34% over current levels.
Integrated GB electricity market will boost renewables and lower prices in Scotland
A new electricity market bringing together Scotland's transmission networks with the grid in England and Wales should push down prices in Scotland and open up lucrative new markets for Scottish generators, Energy Minister Mike O'Brien said this week.
ISO 14001: A new dawn?
ISO 14001 has been revised. This has stimulated supporters and critics of the environmental management system standard to comment extensively on the revision, and for the debate on the benefits of implementing the standard to be resurrected. BSI Management Systems Global Marketing Manager for Sustainability, Nick Marshall clarifies the finer points of the revision and outlines some of the benefits of ISO 14001 certification.
AccountAbility 1000 – Accountability for sustainable development
Launched in 1999, the AA1000 Framework was developed to improve organisational accountability and sustainability performance by learning through stakeholder engagement. It outlines how to design and manage an organisation's social and ethical accounting, auditing and reporting processes. Since the launch, stakeholder feedback surfaced a need for a modular approach that would allow individual elements of the process to be explored further, leading to the creation of the AA1000 Series.
Environmental Management Systems: from burden to opportunity
By Brian Kraus, CEO, ERM Certification and Verification Services, argues that those who focus their EMS implementation efforts on those factors which are fundamental to performance improvement (changing the behaviors of people who work within the organization) can achieve extraordinary performance gains for their organizations.
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