Regulation needed to save rainforests from financial sector, WWF says

The UK government must develop regulation to stop the financial sector from providing billions of pounds to companies that threaten rainforests worldwide, WWF has said.

Wildlife & Habitats | Finance | Global | 10 September 2021

Oil and gas majors face 50% production drop by 2030s

Half of the world's 40 largest listed oil and gas companies will have to slash their production by at least 50% by the 2030s to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement, new analysis has found.

9 September 2021

NGOs call for COP26 to be postponed

The UK government must postpone the COP26 climate talks in November as delegates from poorer countries are set to be excluded due to COVID-19, a network of over 1,300 NGOs has said.

9 September 2021



Interview with Ian Goldin: Warnings from history

COVID-19 offers the world a huge chance to beat a path to sustainability, says Oxford University professor Ian Goldin – but we must learn from past crises, he tells Huw Morris

30 July 2021

Into the woods

Nicola Abbatt explains how she came to work in forestry, and provides an overview of the industry’s current guidance and issues around sustainability

30 July 2021

Our best behaviour?

Despite emerging narratives to the contrary, behaviour change has a significant role to play in reaching net zero, reports David Burrows

30 July 2021

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New assurance first for plastic pollution reduction

Businesses can now take significant verifiable steps to manage plastic waste and its impact on the environment, thanks to the launch of the world’s first best-practice standard for Responsible Plastic Management (RPM).

| 7 September 2020


Legislation updates for August 2019.


9 September 2019

Northern Ireland

Legislation updates for August 2019.

9 September 2019



Environment Bill progresses through House of Lords

The Environment Bill returned to Parliament following the Queen’s speech and is making progress through the House of Lords.
30 July 2021

Climate risks and climate reporting

In 2021, the World Economic Forum identified extreme weather, climate action failure and human-led environmental damage as being among the most likely risks of the next 10 years. 

30 July 2021

Draft environmental policy statement

Defra has completed a consultation on its draft environmental policy statement. This focuses on five core principles that policymakers will be expected to consider:

30 July 2021

Creating a more sustainable built environment

In March, the Environmental Audit Committee kicked off an inquiry focused on improving the sustainability of the built environment sector. 

30 July 2021

Diverse Sustainability Initiative: update

IEMA’s Diverse Sustainability Initiative (DSI) was launched in March 2021 and now has 44 partners – and new ones are coming onboard each week. These organisations have made a public commitment to improving diversity, which can be seen on the DSI website (

30 July 2021

IEMA’s response to proposed planning reforms

In June 2021, the UK’s governing Conservative Party lost a by-election in Chesham and Amersham, a seat it had held for 47 years. The principal reasons reported as the cause of this defeat were proposed planning reforms and the promotion of housebuilding on greenfield sites across the south of England.

30 July 2021
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