Environmental issues

Environmental issues guidance:

Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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What is BREEAM? The Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) is a method for evaluating and certifying the environmental...

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What are Category 4 Screening Levels? Category 4 Screening Levels (C4SL) provide technical guidance for environmental consultants and regulators when assessing land...

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What is contaminated land? 'Contaminated land' is a specific legal term defined in the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Pt IIA (EPA 1990). The contaminated land regime...

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Meaning of remediation 'Remediation' is given a relatively wide definition in the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Pt IIA (EPA 1990). It may involve a range of actions,...

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Who may be liable? Anyone who is an 'appropriate person' may be liable for remediation of contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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An energy performance certificate (EPC) gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is based on a complex calculation,...

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This Practice Note looks at some of the key practical issues for commercial landlords and tenants when dealing with energy performance certificates (EPCs). It is part of...

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This Practice Note explains how energy performance in buildings is regulated through Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), when EPCs are needed, requirements under the...

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As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation...

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Environmental insurance is a useful way of managing environmental risks stemming from the work carried out by contractors and consultants. For more on environmental...

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The need for environmental insurance Development of brownfield or redeveloped land has the potential to increase the value of a client’s property. However, the client may...

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What is an intrusive site investigation? An intrusive (phase 2) site investigation is an investigation undertaken by geotechnical and geo-environmental professionals to...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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Clean-up liabilities are legal and financial obligations to remediate pollution or contamination pursuant to: • statute, eg a pollution incident which causes...

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Key legislation, licences and guidance Legislation:The key legislation that underpins the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme is the: Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012 (FiT 2012), SI...

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This Practice Note looks at ground conditions in construction and engineering projects. It considers responsibility for them at common law and looks at the contractual...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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Japanese knotweed was introduced to the UK in the 19th century as an ornamental garden plant. It had been used in Japan to stabilise sand banks and there have been...

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Managing contaminated land liabilities is an important consideration in construction projects. Liability for land contamination is most likely to arise under the planning...

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What is landfill disposals tax? Landfill disposals tax is an environmental tax administrated by the Welsh Revenue Authority. Since 1 April 2018, disposals to landfill in...

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What is landfill tax? Landfill tax is an environmental tax administered in England and Northern Ireland by the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, HMRC Central Unit...

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This Practice Note provides an overview of the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for the private rented sector that have come from the Energy Efficiency (Private...

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This Practice Note considers the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for the domestic private rented sector that have come from the Energy Efficiency (Private...

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This Practice Note looks at the types of non-domestic privately rented properties (NDPR) that are subject to the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and...

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This Practice Note looks at the impact on both landlords and tenants of non-domestic private rented property of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England...

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This Practice Note covers the impact on both landlords and tenants of non-domestic private rented (NDPR) property of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)...

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This Practice Note covers the impact on both landlords and tenants of non-domestic private rented (NDPR) property of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)...

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Sustainable development essentially means keeping current development within sustainable levels, protecting the needs and resources of the environment and mankind. It...

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