Environmental Insight - Issue 8
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
COVID-19 UK: Safety, Health & Environment Regulatory - Environment Agency relaxes waste permit rules
Following the unprecedented set of affairs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Environment Agency has released a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS), allowing operators who hold environmental permits to temporarily store more waste than their permit allows. This article by Anna Willets and Stephanie Lunt of Clyde and Co examines the steps businesses will need to take to benefit from this relaxation.
Coronavirus: Environment Agency update
The Environment Agency (EA) is working with the government and other partners to protect the public and environment from the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for the latest update from the EA.
Government taskforce sets out tools to unlock £65bn investment into green housing
The UK Government's Green Finance Institute (GFI) has found that scaling up green retrofitting of the UK's existing housing stock would require investments of up to £65bn while supporting the economic recovery, as the Green Alliance calls for policy amendments to retrofitting in the UK.
Supply Chain Sustainability School loses funding from CITB until April 2021
A letter has gone out to all Supply Chain Sustainability School members setting out their Covid-19 Crisis Plans, and the actions they are taking to tackle their funding shortfall as a result of CITB’s decision to suspend all funded projects with immediate effect. Read the letter here in full.
The School is a completely free resource and allows companies to access training in 5 different areas Sustainability, Offsite, BIM, Lean and Management as well as the opportunity to attend training and networking events, gain CPD points, complete a self-assessment and get a bespoke action plan, complete e-learning modules and various training resources. Click here for more information.
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
Considerate Constructors Best Practice Hub - Spill Kit Training
Lendlease has introduced Spill Kit Training on to its sites to inform operatives of the environmental and wellbeing impacts of spillages and how these can be reduced and contained, and to ensure that operatives are vigilant in their actions when working with substances that may cause harm, and are aware of the steps to follow should a spillage occur.
Clean Air Day – postponed from June to October 2020
Clean Air Day normally takes place on the third Thursday in June. This year, due to COVID-19, Clean Air Day is taking place on 8 October 2020. Clean Air Day encourages us all to think about air pollution and how we can improve air quality. The campaign asks workplaces to reduce the amount of air pollution they create, talk to others about how to improve air quality, and avoid harmful air pollution.
For suggestions on how your company can participate in Clean Air Day click here.
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.
CIP Environmental Manual June 2020 Updates
Here are the details of the June 2020 updates to the Environmental Manual and CIP Knowledge.
- A new section on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA).
- A list of Statutory and Non-Statutory, and other Guidance and Standards.
New and updated information and guidance on BREAAM and PAS2060.
- Updated checklists for Waste, Water, Energy, Nuisance, Ecology, Resources and Storage of Liquids.
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