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Digital EIA: Can pioneering technology help environmental assessment overcome its ‘obesity problem’?

Digital EIA: Can pioneering technology help environmental assessment overcome its ‘obesity problem’?

Environmental statements can run to thousands of pages, costing developers up to £250,000. Some see the process as impenetrable. But efforts to transform it through digital technology are gathering pace, in part due to Covid-19 social distancing measures and restrictions on movement... Read more

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Climate change

‘Build back better’: Johnson sets out case for green recovery

Government efforts to rescue the global economy from the coronavirus crisis must respect ‘future generations’ by addressing climate change and social justice, prime minister Boris Johnson has said

Research/science

Coronavirus: Scientists to harness power of ‘environmental data’ in aid of green recovery

Environmental data experts are being invited to join forces to develop tools to predict where health services could be most stretched by future outbreaks of Covid-19 and to work out how improvements to air quality could be maintained after the current lockdown

Waste

Waste supply chain standard launched to ‘challenge status quo’

Organisations will now be able to disclose a complete picture of the waste impacts of their activities, products and services, according to the developers of a new standard published today

Research/science

Funding offered for projects that mitigate environmental impacts of Covid-19

UK Research and Innovation has announced it will fund short-term research projects aimed at addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak

Reporting

Coronavirus: Bank of England postpones climate stress tests

The Bank of England has announced it is delaying the launch of its ‘climate stress tests’ for the UK’s financial markets until at least the middle of next year, as part of efforts to lighten reporting burdens on companies hit by the Covid-19 lockdown

Analysis

Planning & land use

Flying cats and online trolls: the perils of virtual working

Environmental professionals are turning to digital solutions to help them keep working during the Covid-19 pandemic. But some pioneering efforts to use technology to maintain momentum on development projects have been hit by YouTube ‘violations’, online trolls, and controversy over a cat that was thrown during a Zoom meeting

Environmental management systems

How Covid-19 will change the way you work. Forever

Experts say the coronavirus pandemic has increased the appetite for digital working in the environmental space. When the crisis is over, what will business as usual look like?

Industrial emissions

6 big polluters that have pledged to go net zero

Shell has set out a high-level plan for reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, hot on the heels of BP’s pledge to go net zero, but green groups remain unconvinced. ENDS take a look at the big firms making big promises

Environmental management systems

How are environmental managers adapting to the coronavirus pandemic?

While the coronavirus has slowed down many industries, environmental managers are still being tasked with continuing their work in such vital sectors as waste, packaging and infrastructure services. Conor McGlone asks how they are adapting their practices

Plastics

The debrief: How a waste company is closing the loop for plastic bottles

Biffa combined its in-house knowledge with expertise from across Europe to build the UK’s first recycling plant turning PET back into food-grade PET

Sustainability

Coronavirus: Professional environmental bodies offer advice in ‘challenging times’

Environmental professional bodies have offered safety advice to their members, while querying if they count as ‘key workers’ and considering what impacts the viral crisis could have on compliance. Gareth Simkins investigates

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