With a number of key changes highlighted in the 2018 Food & Drink BREF, SLR has prepared a document drawing attention to the introduction of a Total nitrogen (TN) limit for emissions to water.
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A Landscape Architect in SLR’s Dublin office for nearly 10 years, Anne Merkle provides insight into the importance of collaboration and why she finds working in an office with such a variety of disciplines so rewarding.
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:
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.
In July 2018, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published the latest version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which sets national policy on land use planning – including the relationship between existing and new land uses.
Organisations rely on people. People are essential, to even those with advanced technology.
We’ve created a useful briefing document detailing information around Anaerobic Digestion.
The Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) were amended in 2018 to implement the requirements of the ‘Medium Combustion Plant’ (MCP) Directive and additional controls on ‘Specified Generators’.
Greg Altria, Associate Consultant with SLR, provides an insight into the Environmental Permitting Regulations affecting mission critical sites
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.
SLR’s CFD, Wind and Energy Technical Director – Neihad Al-Khalidy, recently had his work on city scale pollutant dispersion modelling published in the International Journal of Mechanics.
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.
Two weeks have passed since the publication of the NPPF. Now the dust has settled somewhat, is the road mapped out by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to plan for housing provision in England any clearer?
I am going to share some thoughts and experiences from a ‘non tech’ perspective about how to turn data into information that answers the critical questions of complex organisations.
SLR’s Dr George Nash has just had another fascinating article published in Current World Archaeology magazine.
SLR has been helping towns and cities (and the businesses which operate and own property in them) across Ireland and the UK to tackle the decline in retailing with positive solutions. In the article below, Paul McTernan details the challenges, opportunities and some of his key frustrations with the debate.
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.
The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) forms part of the EU’s Clean Air Policy and fills a regulatory gap between small and large combustion plant, targeting emissions from combustion plants of between 1 and 50MWth input.
Over the past decade many of the world’s most successful global businesses have started to look beyond traditional corporate-charity models to a more responsive style of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which seeks to embed social awareness within the heart of their everyday operations.
The EA is currently consulting on changes to fees and charges for its regulatory activities. This is a major overhaul of the charges scheme which aims to make the charges more reflective of the regulatory activity needed so as to achieve better cost recovery.
It is more than two years since ISO 14001:2015 was published, and to date only 40% or so of organisations holding certificates for the 2004 version of the standard have made the transition to the 2015 edition.
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.
‘So you have a site…’ A little preparation can go a long way when undertaking strategic land promotion
Despite the UK Government’s recent proposals to reform national planning policy to speed delivery of future housing, it is clear that the lack of any substantive change to key areas such as Green Belt Policy mean active promotion of sites by landowners and developers will remain a critical component to the release of large strategic sites.
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?
Andrew Forbes, Visualisation and Virtual Reality Specialist at SLR, discusses the vast benefits that virtual reality can deliver to the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment process, and introduces SLR’s prototype VR app.
Since the introduction of the Sentencing Council’s ‘Environmental Offences: Definitive Guideline’ in July 2014, the increase in fines has dramatically impacted on Water Companies.