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Snapshot of what’s happening on environmental issues
The CIP Environmental Insight is a bi monthly update of what’s happening around the environmental agenda within the built environment. Its free and open to everyone. Some content is only available to subscribers of the CIP Environmental Manual and CIP Knowledge.
Environmental News & Policy Updates
Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London
ULEZ came into force on 8th April 2019 and covers the congestion charge area in Central London. The introduction of the ULEZ will help reduce exhaust NOx and PM emissions, helping to improve air quality and making central London a safer and more pleasant place to live, work and visit. Vehicles must meet the ULEZ emissions standards or incur a daily charge to travel within the zone. Daily charges range from £12.50 for cars, vans etc to £100 for heavier vehicles. To check your vehicle and compliance and for more information click here
Guardian to include C02 in weather forecasts
The Guardian has become the first newspaper to publish the Mauna Loa Carbon Count, the global benchmark, on the weather page of the paper every day. Mauna Loa is where the first CO2 measurements were taken. The carbon count will provide a daily reminder of the need to tackle climate change.
MACE – Single Use Plastics Workshops
Mace is reducing the 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste it generates every year and its aiming to reduce its consumption of single-use plastics by 20% on sites and corporately by 80% through its ‘Time to Act’ initiative. Single use plastics workshops are held on sites with the workforce to understand the impact and identify ways for reduction through packaging. More information can be found on the CCS Best Practice Hub here
New Updates to the Manual
Net Gain in New Developments
In the Spring Statement, the Government announced they will mandate ‘biodiversity net gain’. Biodiversity net gain requires developers to ensure habitats for wildlife are enhanced and left in a measurably better state than they were pre-development. They must assess the type of habitat and its condition before submitting plans, and then demonstrate how they are improving biodiversity – such as through the creation of green corridors, planting more trees, or forming local nature spaces. For more information click here
Designed to raise awareness of noise to our health and neighbourhoods. Investigating noise complaints costs councils anywhere between £130 and £7k and construction in one of the main culprits. For more information click here
This year the theme is Air Pollution. Worldwide, 9 in 10 people are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed considered to be safe by the World Health Organisation. World Environment Day is designed for us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce, and thwart its contribution to global warming and its effects on our own health. For more information click here
Not a Subscriber to the Manual Yet?
The CIP Environmental Manual is a great resource to help navigate environmental issues when working in the built environment. It is written by industry experts and provides practical advice on complying with legislation together with best practice. For more information on subscribing to the manual click here
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