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Make nature part of ‘build build build’ policy, UK green watchdog says

Make nature part of 'build build build' policy, green watchdog says Instead of blaming protected newts for thwarting the “build build build” agenda, politicians and developers must incorporate green thinking into the design of new infrastructure, according to the chair of the government’s conservation watchdog.  Natural England’s Tony Juniper called on the government and planners to change their ...
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Scottish project tackles pills’ ‘environmental impact’

A new Scottish health project aims to tackle potential harm caused to the environment by pharmaceuticals.  An estimated 100 million treatments are prescribed every year in Scotland.  After a pill passes through a person's body, some of its compounds reach rivers, lochs and the sea because waste water plants cannot filter them out.  While the project team say there is ...
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New EU environmental standards for food, drink and milk industries

On 4 December 2019, the Commission published the Best Available Technique (BAT) conclusions, for the food, drink and milk (FDM) industry. The new standards stem from a review of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document (BREF) for Food, Drink and Milk Industries. They help national authorities lower the environmental impact of around 2 800 FDM installations. Key environmental ...
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Investors will give up gains for sustainable options – study

Investors are prepared to sacrifice gains for investment choices that are sustainable socially and environmentally, a new study has found. The study by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in co-operation with the Investment Leaders Group, found that there was a strong preference for sustainable investing among consumers even when returns were 2 per cent or 3 per cen...
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Tackling football’s environmental impact – and a look towards Euro 2020

As the new football season kicks off around Europe, one LIFE project is looking to a new goal: to make football matches and stadiums more environmentally friendly and environmentally aware. From food to water consumption, stadium power to choice of suppliers, air travel to waste management, avenues exist throughout football where environmentally-friendly choices can help the game become more sust...
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SAS CEO Warns Airlines to Get Real Over Environment

The CEO of Scandinavian Airlines operator SAS Group expects governments to put in place tougher regulations on airlines unless the industry makes significant progress on reducing its environmental impact.  Asked on an earnings call about the potential for further environmental taxes, Rickard Gustafson said it was clear that this was increasingly the direction of travel. “I believe that ...
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Major global firms accused of concealing their environmental impact

A $10tn (£7.9tn) investor alliance has accused more than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, of failing to reveal the full extent of their impact on the climate crisis, water shortages and deforestation. The major global companies, with a combined worth of more than $15tn, lack transparency over their effect on the environment, according to the intervention by some of the world...
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EU & Investors vote for a more ethical and sustainable financial sector

The European Parliament has made a major step towards a more ethical financial sector, by unanimously voting for new rules that mean investors will have to put proper measures in place ensuring their activities do not cause human rights abuses or environmental destruction. This major move was also backed by big players in the investment industry itself – with the likes of Aviva, Hermes, Sycomor...
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Developers must consider impact of construction schemes on wildlife, warns UK Minister

The UK Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has reminded developers of their legal obligation to consider the impact of their construction schemes and protect local wildlife.  This reminder echoes the growing concern over developers placing netting in trees and hedgerows by housing developments – a common practice that can trap wildlife. In a letter to leading developers, Brokenshire emphasi...
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Investors look beyond bricks and mortar to the Environmental Impact of a Building – MIPIM

From diversity to the impact of real estate on people and the environment, the 26,000 delegates at MIPIM in Cannes discussed all the issues that will engage the industry in Europe over the coming year. MIPIM is a property conference like few others. Held annually, Europe's largest property conference attracts the most influential international players from every sector of the industry. It is a ...
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