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This report sets out the work done by the committee, an independent advisory to government, since March 2016. It also makes a series of recommendations to government on developing the 25 year environment plan.

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EAUC – 2017 Annual Conference – Global Goals: Local Action

By Robert Lyons on 30th January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:00 to Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 15:30

Lancaster University 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the worlds ‘to do’ list for the next 13 years. Each of the Global Goals is extraordinarily important, and taken together, present the education sector with a potent agenda of unprecedented scope and significance. 

The latest report from the Circular Economy Task Force recommends four positive steps to solve the problem:

  • standardised recycling collections;
  • waste-generating companies to contribute to council costs;
  • responsible companies should pay lower producer responsibility fees;
  • enable councils to charge those households which don’t recycle properly.

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UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development Annual Conference

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 08:30 to 17:00

London

The world’s first universal set of Sustainable Development Goals came into force on 1 January 2016. How do we translate the ambition of 17 Goals and 169 Targets into transformational action in the UK?

Sessions will examine what the SDGs mean to the UK and there will panels and presentations featuring organisations with practical experience of SDG delivery in the UK.

Smart Cities UK Conference 2017

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 08:30 to Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 15:45

London

Across the UK we are seeing more and more examples of smart city transformation. Key 'smart' sectors utilised by such Cities include transport, energy, health care, water and waste. Against the current background of economic, social, security and technological changes caused by the globalization and the integration process, cities in the UK face the challenge of combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development simultaneously.

A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee suggests that protections for wildlife and habitats could be weaker after the UK leaves the EU if the Government doesn’t take action before, or in the early stages of the Article 50 process. The MPs looked at the legislative, trade, and financial issues and make recommendations for action to secure the future of the natural environment. They call on the Government to allow full parliamentary scrutiny of its plans for the future of environmental legislation after Brexit.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia, the University of Exeter and the James Hutton Institute have identified a set of key ‘sticking points’ that they believe inhibit consideration of the natural environment in decision-making. The briefing provides potential solutions. These include the creation of knowledge networks and the use of political ‘windows of opportunity’ such as flood incidents to get messages across. The briefing uses findings from the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, as well as more recent research undertaken by the organisations involved. 

Shaping the Paris Mechanisms

By Robert Lyons on 3rd January 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement established three approaches for countries to cooperate with each other: cooperative approaches, a new mechanism to promote mitigation and sustainable development ('sustainable development mechanism'), and a framework for non-market approaches.

A consultation tool written jointly by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) was launched at the Town and Country Planning Association’s ‘Are we planning for the climate challenge’ event. The new tool lets communities take the lead in planning their own low-carbon future. It adopts CSE and CPRE’s new ‘Future Energy Landscapes’ approach that shows that putting local people at the centre of energy planning can result in ambitious vision and targets.

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Sustainability and HM Treasury

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This new report by the Commons Environmental Audit Committee argues that ministers cannot make well-informed decisions unless they have access to all relevant information  including  long-term  costs  and  benefits.  The  Treasury  needs  to  do  more, says the report,  to  factor  these  into  its  decision-making  processes,  so  that  decisions  are  subject  to  a  systematic ‘green-check’ and set out concrete steps on how it will incorporate new evidence on natural capital into its ‘Green Book’ appraisal process and its reporting and accounting mechanisms.

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