Reforestation efforts could threaten global food security, Oxfam warns

Achieving net-zero emissions for the global economy through reforestation alone would require an area equivalent to all the world's farmland, putting food security at risk, Oxfam has warned.

Agriculture | Food and drink | Climate change | 4 August 2021

Green recovery could reverse 90% of COVID-19 job losses

The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s  £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.

30 July 2021

Water companies fail to hit environmental targets

None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.

30 July 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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