A groundbreaking Construction Annual Waste Report has exposed widespread non-compliance issues within the UK building sector. Drawing from a comprehensive analysis of 90,000 data points, the report sheds light on the alarming prevalence of regulatory violations and deficient information management.
A recent study has unveiled vulnerable green and open spaces across the UK that are under threat from development, contradicting the notion of their protection against urban sprawl. Guildford in Surrey emerged as the area with the most at-risk greenbelt land due to its rapidly growing population, which has surged by 9.63% since 2013. Despite having 22,636 hectares of greenbelt space, the town has experienced an 80% increase in housing construction over the past decade.
The year 2023 has ushered in a series of unpredictable weather events, from heatwaves and thunderstorms to flooding and temperature fluctuations, underlining the growing impact of climate change. As these patterns disrupt infrastructure, transportation, and homes, they also strain the resilience of the natural world, eventually leading to habitat collapse. The ramifications of this environmental emergency are now reaching even domestic gardens, prompting a shift towards sustainable and protective gardening practices.
In an increasingly interconnected digital world, accurate weather sensor reporting has become indispensable for numerous organizations, emphasizing its essential role in modern operations. Amid the rapid growth of the technology industry and digital transformation, reliable reporting holds the key to efficient communication and informed decision-making, particularly for meteorological-focused businesses grappling with ever-changing atmospheric conditions.
Allianz Trade's Critical Raw Materials report highlights the intricate interplay between political dynamics and the push for renewable energy through the lens of vital minerals and metals. As materials like lithium, cobalt, and nickel become crucial for the transition to a fossil fuel-free economy, the renewable energy market's value has surged to $320 billion in 2022, doubling in size over the past five years, with similar growth projected for the next 17 years.
Leeds City Council's innovative decarbonisation program has been recognized for its success in addressing fuel poverty and increasing energy efficiency, particularly during a challenging winter period. The program, in partnership with energy efficiency specialist Cenergist, received recognition at the ASCP Awards for its positive impact on residents struggling with heating costs.
Researchers at East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, have unveiled a groundbreaking approach to waste management that offers a potential "closed loop" solution. This process utilizes seawater and sunlight to recycle plastics, providing a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to the global plastic waste crisis.
Ecowork is the first of its kind in India, and it aims to provide a sustainable solution to the problem of e-waste. It is a coworking space in Ghaziabad that offers a safe working environment for e-waste recycling.
A recent whitepaper challenges the prevailing notion that the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) is universally effective for measuring and curbing organizations' environmental impact. Authored by sustainability consultancy Eight Versa, the paper contends that SBTi's "absolute contraction" approach to achieving a 90% emission reduction within three decades is ill-suited for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Instead, the paper suggests embracing an "Intensity Metric" approach, particularly for SMEs, to address carbon and other climate-negative outputs.
Larsen & Toubro's (L&T) plans to invest $12 billion in green energy over the next five years. The investment will be used to develop solar, wind, and hydropower projects in India and overseas. L&T is one of India's largest engineering and construction companies. The company has a long history of working in the energy sector, and it is well-positioned to take advantage of the growing demand for green energy.