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May 06, 2020

A focus on decommissioning provisions in hydrocarbon deals

Thought piece discussing decommissioning provisions in hydrocarbon deals. In several UK Continental Shelf cases, a company with material tax history has sold assets to a relatively new entrant, with no tax paying history. This can leave the buyer unable to claim tax relief against decommissioning.

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May 05, 2020

The Power of Environmental DNA

Environmental DNA (eDNA) allows scientists to use environmental samples to identify species living in a specific location without seeing them. Using this innovative technique, researchers can detect a single target species or map entire species communities using water, soil or sediment samples.

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April 15, 2020

5 Top Tips for a Tip Top Procurement

A well planned, well structured and well managed procurement can deliver high service performance, value for money and retain flexibility for services to evolve over time. SLR's Grant Pearson - Waste and Resource Strategy Consultant - shares his five top tips for seamless procurement in the article below.

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April 03, 2020

Keeping up to date with the changes in Environmental Law

The Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 comes into effect on 6 April 2020. It includes an interesting position statement by government on the importance of the consultation process, and the extent to which businesses need to track and risk assess the development of the law in advance of its formal release date. SLR's Colin Malcolm looks into the ways in which businesses manage change in the environmental legislation framework, and the potential risks and opportunities it brings.

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March 26, 2020

Facts about the UK chemical industry

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest in the UK and plays an important role in our economy. We have collated some of the most recent and interesting facts and figures about the sector to provide a snapshot of information about how the sector has performed in recent years.

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March 08, 2020

SLR Canada Celebrates A Week of International Women's Day

SLR Canada celebrates International Women's Day 2020 with short blog series that features a small sample of the amazing women that are making strides in the field of sciences. Our first featured women is Christina Noel. She is a young Environmental Engineer, that works out of our Vancouver office in British Columbia.

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January 15, 2020

Battery Solution to Peak Energy Prices

With electricity prices on the rise, consumers are looking for unique ways to reduce their costs of energy. Generally, there are two to three energy rates available on any given day; they include off-peak, mid-peak, and on-peak. Meaning energy is most expensive, when it is highest in demand. In attempts to combat this system, companies are charging up batteries at off-peak prices and selling the stored energy back to the grid at on-peak prices.

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January 07, 2020

Good news all round - building dormice boxes with New Leaf mental health patients for use on SLR projects

SLR Senior Ecologist, Ben Garnett (Ecology, Exeter), has been heavily responsible for a project creating high-quality dormouse boxes with NHS not-for-profit initiative, New Leaf. He has then been able buy the boxes on behalf of SLR for use on dormouse relocation projects and is continuing to work on developing a strong relationship with New Leaf for future business. Follow the link to read Ben's story.

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January 02, 2020

Master Planning for Snow – Being Buried is Not Inevitable Part Two

Sometimes you aren’t lucky enough to have masterplanned communities, instead you need to optimize the design of your site and project to ensure the building remains accessible with snow. The first step in preparing a site plan is orientation. For snow, I recommend the sustainable approach and let Mother Nature clear the snow around the building!

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December 10, 2019

Master Planning for Snow – Being Buried is Not Inevitable Part One

In North America, snow can accumulate up to nine months of the year, it wreaks havoc on commuters, annoys property owners due to ongoing maintenance, and impacts municipal budgets. Some of these impacts can be lessened through designing for snow at the master planning stage of a town expansion or subdivision plan. And by designing for snow, I mean the consideration of where the drifting is coming from, where it will settle, and how that impacts accessibility to pedestrian areas.

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December 09, 2019

2020 Vision

In the article below, SLR’s Paul Wright (Technical Director – Environmental Management, Permitting and Compliance) muses on the changes the UK will see to environmental legislation in 2020, and what companies need to prepare for.

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December 02, 2019

The Art of Rail Noise Policy

Railways are an efficient and environmentally sustainable mode of transport. Transportation planning worldwide aims to create modal shifts to rail. At the same time, concerns around harmful effects of noise are increasing. Rail noise policy is a topic that affects the acoustic amenity of a huge number of people worldwide and should tailor to the key issues in a particular region.

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October 15, 2019

Food and Drink BREF - Update

Further to our previous Food and Drink BREF Updates covering the key changes of, and the specific changes to, emissions to water in the updated BREF, we can now advise on the likely plan to be followed by UK Regulators for the necessary permit reviews.

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October 09, 2019

The Stack Effect

Stack effect is the movement of large volumes of air through the envelope of a building due to temperature differentials between indoor and outdoor air. The effect is intensified in taller buildings. The taller the building, the greater the temperature differential, the greater the driving force. Consequences of this stack effect can wreak havoc in a high-rise building.

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October 04, 2019

The Devil is in the Acoustic Details: Part 1 - Metal Studs

In this first instalment of our series on the devils that lie in acoustic details, Brad Pridham discuss two important decisions for metal stud acoustic wall assemblies: the stud gauge and the stud spacing. Choices made around these two parameters can dramatically affect the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating and sound isolation performance of a partition.

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September 18, 2019

Food and Drink BREF Update - Changes in Emissions to Water

Further to our previous Food and Drink BREF Update in April, the final draft of the revised Food and Drink BREF was unanimously approved in June. The Best Available Technique Conclusions (BATc) then had to be translated, which normally takes 2 to 3 months, indicating the earliest publication date of September 2019. The date of publication will trigger the four year implementation period of the BATc and BAT-AELs under the Industrial Emissions Directive.

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July 19, 2019

Interest Increases in Oil & Gas International Exploration Licence Rounds

Over recent years and during lower oil prices, the success and take up of many international Oil & Gas exploration licence rounds has suffered in response to the economic climate. This added to the technical and commercial risks, particularly away from the safer basins of places such as the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, has led to the uptake to suffered even further.

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July 15, 2019

Delivering Tall Buildings and Urban Intensification in Ireland

Dublin City Council has recently submitted a proposed amendment to the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme. This now allows for significantly higher building heights than the original Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). This amendment follows the release of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy’s Urban Development and Building Heights Guidelines in December 2018. If approved, and given the housing pressure which Dublin faces, this is a pivotal change. A decision from the Board on the amendment is scheduled for October 2019. SLR is eagerly awaiting this development and, if approved will be watching closely for its impact on housing delivery.

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July 03, 2019

Environmental Risk Assessment – Are Companies Missing Critical Blind Spots and Risking a Major Accident?

In the article below, SLR’s Euan Munro (Associate Engineer, Process Safety and Process Engineering) discusses the potential for companies to have blind spots in regards to the environmental impact of their operating sites. Using his own experience and expertise, Euan explains the process of an Environmental Risk Assessment, which is the best way for companies to avoid a Major Accident to the Environment.

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May 21, 2019

VR in Industry - What is VR and how can we use it?

Since its first inception in the 1960’s, Virtual Reality (VR) has gained momentum across a broad range of sectors, with major investment from industries such as Gaming, Healthcare and Location Based-Entertainment (LBE). In this article, we consider the benefits of using VR for training purposes such as health & safety and procedure training. Click here to re...

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April 01, 2019

Working with insurers to minimise the impact of flooding

Did you know that there are currently over 30,000 businesses at risk of flooding in the UK? As the Food and Drink sector is the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK it stands to potentially suffer the most disruption to its operations in the years to come, particularly with the advent of climate change. Martin Baines, Technical Director - Hydrology, at SLR Consulting explains how Insurers are working with businesses to provide solutions to minimise the impact of flooding:

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November 09, 2018

Environmental compliance in the food and drink sector

Food and drink sector organisations typically exhibit a range of environmental impacts and pollution scenarios that require effective management and operational control. Sitting alongside these risks is a complex framework of environmental law, with a typical manufacturing organisation having in the region of twenty to thirty environmental laws requiring active compliance management.

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October 18, 2018

Return & Earn – What Should We Learn?

The potential introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for recyclable drinks containers in the UK draws a variety of opinions on the respective merits of such systems, and the drivers behind their implementation.

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August 16, 2018

The business benefits from meeting the sector challenges on waste

There is a lot of focus in the general media and from government on the Food & Drink sector, especially with food waste and plastics. But there is also a recognition of the importance of the sector to the UK economy with the first meeting this year of the Food and Drink Sector Council and the continued funding for support to food waste reduction.

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May 23, 2018

Getting to grips with legal compliance for the British meat industry

The British Meat Industry typically exhibits a range of environmental impacts and pollution scenarios that require effective management and operational control. Sitting alongside these risks is a complex framework of environmental law, with a typical organisation having in the region of twenty to thirty environmental laws requiring active compliance management.

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May 10, 2018

An Environment Agency Update on ESOS Phase 2

ESOS Phase 2 is currently underway and all large undertakings are expected to complete new assessments by 5 December 2019, with any audits from now counting towards the final compliance. Below is the latest newsletter from the Environmental Agency, which makes it clear that they are becoming more stringent and less amenable to non-compliance, with a significant number of penalties being followed up.

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March 08, 2018

Draft Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework – a platitude towards boosting housing delivery?

Edward Bright (Principal, Planning) shares his thoughts on the Draft Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and what the changes might mean. With Westminster drowning under the pressures of negotiating a successful Brexit, there’s no doubt those in Whitehall are all working hard. However, the Draft Revisions to the NPPF clearly show that creating ground breaking and effective domestic policy to boost housing delivery is not an easy task. Is this publication merely a platitude toward previous manifesto promises?

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