Environmental Insight - Issue 7
Snapshot of what’s happening on environmental issues
The CIP Environmental Insight is a bimonthly update of what’s happening around the environmental agenda within the built environment. It's free and open to everyone. Some content is only available to subscribers of the CIP Environmental Manual and CIP Knowledge.
Environmental News & Policy Updates
The government has just updated the website in relation to the new Environment Bill that is proceeding through parliament. They have added factsheets for what the Environment Bill means for water, nature, air quality, waste and resources and governance and a link to the Environment Bill and impact assessments published on Parliament UK.
The Environment Agency has launched a long-term plan for meeting the challenges our water supplies are likely to face as a result of climate change and population growth.
The National Framework for Water Resources, launched today, brings together industry, regulators and government to transform the way we use and look after our water supplies. The framework will help reduce demand, halve leakage rates, develop new supplies, move water to where it’s needed and reduce the need for drought measures that can harm the environment.
Clean transport, CCS and biodiversity championed in Budget 2020
New Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a multi-billion-pound package to push the UK towards the net-zero emissions target in his first Budget.
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Ecology consultancy EPR has unveiled a new support package for developers striving to meet the UK Government's housing targets while going beyond compliance with the new Environment Bill's biodiversity net-gain requirements.
In March the UKGBC launched it’s circular economy guides to encourage reuse and products as a service in the buildings industry. Their Circular Economy Programme aims to support the built environment in putting challenging circular principles into practice in relation to reuse and products as a service. These guides aim to support clients and project teams to make this a reality.
Photovoltaic Portable Toilet Block
Mace has introduced a solar powered toilet on one of their sites. Each solar powered toilet unit comes fully equipped with flushing toilet, urinal, hot and cold water, hot air hand dryer and 12v LED lighting. With integral tanks and the absence of a generator, these cost effective solar loos have very low servicing costs in comparison as well as saving money on energy costs.
COP26 postponed due to coronavirus
The COP26 climate summit set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed until next year due to ongoing fears around coronavirus.
These are some of the latest updates to the Environmental Manual
- A new section entitled Setting Up on Site.
- Nuisance - the guidance on the registration and GHG emission limits of Non-Road Mobile Machinery within London is updated together with advice on the recognition of engine type approvals. Guidance on the avoidance of vandalism on sites is included.
- Waste - The Environment Agency has published a range of new Low Risk Waste Positions (LRWP) and withdrawn those previously published. LRWPs cover those activities of storage, treatment and recovery of waste that the EA consider do not require an environmental permit provided certain conditions are fulfilled.
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