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Articles on sustainability


  • Brexit: EU health & safety laws remain in force for nowIt is highly likely that the UK will have less influence in the development of further health and safety laws post-Brexit up to the time it officially exits the European Union. 27/06/2016
  • Brexit: Environmental bodies call for collaborationA number of environmental associations are calling for the industry to come together to ensure that the green agenda continues to be a priority in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union. 24/06/2016
  • Brexit: Councils need say on new H&S and waste lawsThe Local Government Association (LGA) has said that councils in England need a seat at the table when decisions are made on legislation to replace EU laws as part of the UK's exit from the European Union (EU). 24/06/2016
  • Facilities Show 2016: UK water firms told to undergo 'massive change'UK water companies will have to undergo a massive change to last in a newly competitive market once measures in the Water Act 2014 come into effect in 2017, Kelda Water Services commercial sector manager Jeremy Lack told attendees at the Facilities Show yesterday. 23/06/2016
  • Reducing food wastageFood wastage has a deleterious effect on the bottom line of any organisation. Julian Fris explains how to address the issue. 15/06/2016
  • Better food waste capture 'good for local authorities'More needs to be done to improve food recycling and food waste capture, according to the Renewable Energy Association and Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee. 10/06/2016
  • National treasureThe National Trust aims to cut energy use by 20 per cent and is investing £30 million into schemes to derive half of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. Carolyn Cross reports. 07/06/2016
  • A straightforward approach to energy managementEnergy control in buildings is generally poor, despite the availability of a range of well-tested systems, as guidance is perceived to be overcomplicated, says Andy Lewry 06/06/2016
  • Engie forms energy JV with Cheshire East CouncilEngie (formerly Cofely GDF SUEZ) has been selected to form a joint venture (JV) with Cheshire East Council to create a new flagship company to promote eco-efficient district heating networks in the Borough. 20/05/2016
  • Green group gives five tips to optimise energy useAdopting a simpler metric target for measuring energy use is one of five key steps recommended to tackle the gap between building design and building performance, says a report by the UK Green Building Council. 20/05/2016
  • Business renters 'pay over the odds' for energyBusiness owners who rent their premises should take greater control over their finances, says a commercial energy price comparison firm. 17/05/2016
  • LED report casts light on its effects on humansHuman reaction to light sources should be a primary factor in deciding to deploy them, not just efficiency or cost, according to a report about people's responses to LED lighting. 16/05/2016
  • Scorecard to boost green status of universitiesThe Association of University Directors of Estates has launched a 'Green Scorecard' to help universities make their estates more sustainable. 12/05/2016
  • Orange revolution: How the Dutch do FMThe Netherlands is having no trouble luring an influx of young people into facilities management with innovations such as activity-based working and a service-led focus boosting its profile. Sara Bean finds out what it is that sets the Dutch art of FM apart 12/05/2016
  • CIBSE boss promises engineers an inspiring yearThe new president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), John Field has urged engineers to raise the profile of the vital work the industry does by making buildings perform better. 10/05/2016
  • Birmingham's bid to help poor estates save energyMaking low-income estates in Birmingham more energy-efficient through low-carbon retrofit is one of the ways to deal with the city's built environment challenges, says a report by campaign body the UK Green Building Council (GBC). 09/05/2016
  • The skills gap: it's not just FMAttracting fresh talent is an issue just as important to the energy sector as it is FM. Jane Hutt and Rob Thornton-Jones explain how the power engineering sector is seeking to plug its own growing skills gap 04/05/2016
  • New pest control legislationIs your organisation legally compliant on pest control? David Lodge explains some imminent alterations to the laws protecting wildlife 25/04/2016
  • A lighter footprintSuresh Kumar explains how Tata Consulting Services' adoption of 100 per cent renewable energy at its UK offices last year is proving the credibility of carbon offsetting both in terms of the bottom line and employee wellbeing 20/04/2016
  • Cabinet Office sets business a £1bn social taskA £1 billion 'Buy Social' Corporate Challenge to encourage big businesses to procure the services of social enterprises has been launched by the Social Enterprise UK and the Cabinet Office. 18/04/2016
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