More streamlined and fewer Environmental Statements? Consultation commences on new EIA Regulations

Posted by Ben Stansfield on 10 January 2017

*Amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations, which were agreed by the European Parliament in 2014, are required to be transposed into UK legislation by 16 May 2017. These changes will affect the town and country planning system in England, and the nationally significant infrastructure planning regime.*

Resource and water scarcity – future proofing the City of London

Posted by Stuart Ballinger, Business Area Manager on 7 July 2015

Last week I attend the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators (WCWC) Annual Lecture, which was hosted in partnership with Ricardo Energy & Environment, in the fabulous Octagon Room at Queen Mary’s University in London. The focus of the evening’s event was ‘Resource and Water Scarcity – Future Proofing the City of London’.

The importance of managing water related risks in a global supply chain

Posted by Stuart Ballinger on 16 February 2015

For organisations operating in a global supply chain and market, raw materials and logistical operations are critical to business success. However, these aspects of the supply chain can be susceptible to in-country water availability issues; extreme weather events (such as drought or flooding); and political, social, economic and regulatory influences.

Natural Flood Management: Is this the way forward?

Posted by Matthew Hardwick on 15 December 2014

The recent Treasury announcement of £2.3 million investment into flood defences is likely to be welcomed by many people who were left devastated by the winter floods at this time last year. Between December 2013 and March 2014 the UK witnessed heavy and prolonged rainfall. The East Coast was affected by the worst coastal surge since 1953. Around 6,500 properties were flooded, key transport infrastructure was damaged and approximately 85,000 hectares of agricultural land was flooded, including the Somerset Levels.

Changing our showering behaviour – a step too far?

Posted by Stuart Ballinger, Business Area Manager on 13 October 2014

The news last week that the University of East Anglia (UEA) are looking to encourage students to urinate in the shower generated a great deal of media interest across the board. The ‘Go with the Flow’ initiative, which is the brainchild of two UEA students, was covered nationally in the newspapers, online and even on the radio featuring in Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 lunchtime show.

Water resources management – who is responsible?

Posted by on 22 September 2014

Thoughts from the Water Efficient Buildings Conference, Brighton, 2014

Water-energy-food nexus of bioenergy and biofuels in the UK

Posted by on 15 August 2014

*What is the water-energy-food nexus?*

Reasons for reforming water abstraction

Posted by Richard Malloy, Senior Consultant on 3 June 2014

Defra’s Water White Paper published in 2011 sets out the government’s commitment to reform the UK’s water abstraction agenda ensuring that the regime is fit for purpose. The current system, introduced in the 1960s, has seen abstraction licences issued in perpetuity with a maximum volume allowance and no time limit, making the system inflexible. The system focussed on historical rights and allocation to ensure new abstractors wouldn’t impact on existing water users (derogation).

Keeping business afloat

Posted by Nicole Shamier, Senior Environmental Economist on 22 May 2014

On 1 May we hosted the ‘Keeping Business Afloat’ event at our Marble Arch offices in London. We had a good turnout of representatives from the risk management, food and drink, information technology, finance and public sectors, many of whom were able to join us to network over a glass of wine at the end of the session. We had an ambitious agenda which aimed to fully address commercial flood risk assessment and management.

Catchment and water sensitive approaches for Chaohu Lake

Posted by Aaron Burton on 22 April 2014

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office organised a seminar on 28 February 2014 to exchange ideas between the UK and China on water quality management. I was invited to lead a seminar on diffuse water pollution.

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