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Challenging the government on sustainability: incentivising through tax

Posted on: 23 February 2012
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As much as 20% of total UK commercial stock could become unlettable in 2018 if the necessary action is not taken to improve the sustainability of existing stock. A report from GVA outlines four specific ways in which the tax system could help to produce a much more energy efficient building stock and help stimulate the economy: Incentivise through Stamp Duty Land Tax; Incentivise through the business rates system; Introduce rating exemptions for plant and machinery; Change the way capital allowances are calculated.

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TripAdvisor 2012 Industry Index

Posted on: 23 February 2012
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TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has released the findings of its 2012 Industry Index, an annual survey gauging the hotel industry’s outlook for the year ahead, ranging from hotel representatives’ economic outlook to their plans to engage tech-savvy travellers.

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TripAdvisor 2012 Industry Index

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TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has released the findings of its 2012 Industry Index, an annual survey gauging the hotel industry’s outlook for the year ahead, ranging from hotel representatives’ economic outlook to their plans to engage tech-savvy travellers.

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21 Issues for the 21st Century Result of the UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Environmental Issues

Posted on: 23 February 2012
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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report which outlines the findings of UNEP’s Foresight Process aimed at identifying and ranking the most pressing emerging environmental issues. The report outlines 21 emerging issues and provides governments, civil society and business with scientific assessments to forge a forward-looking outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). he Foresight Process concluded that the most pressing one is the need to align governance to the challenges of global sustainability. The second most pressing issue identified is the need to transform human capacities for the 21st century, and to move towards a green economy. The third most pressing issue is the need to ensure food safety and security for nine billion people. Other issues highlighted by the Foresight Panel include the need to: reconnect science and policy; catalyze rapid and transformative changes in human behavior towards the environment; develop new insights on water-land interactions; accelerate the implementation of environmentally-friendly renewable energy; integrate biodiversity across the environmental and economic agendas; manage the unintended consequences of climate change mitigation and adaptation; and develop a new approach for minimizing risks of novel technologies and chemicals.

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Green Deal opportunities for the construction industry: Training manuals

Posted on: 23 February 2012
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Training manuals designed to equip construction SMEs with the knowledge and skills they need to unlock the commercial opportunities around the Green Deal have been launched by CITB-ConstructionSkills.  The series of six manuals have been developed by the Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council as a resource for employers, training providers and construction workers, to enable them to prepare for the Government’s flagship home efficiency scheme, which is being rolled out in October 2012. The manuals incorporate expert industry guidance on how to perform different types of insulation installation including: loft, cavity, internal and external wall, roofing and draft proofing. They also give an overview of the scheme, what equipment and materials to use, any health and safety issues, customer care situations, and they direct readers to other sources of industry guidance, to provide a comprehensive range of information for potential Green Deal installers.

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London office development pipeline: The challenge ahead

Posted on: 23 February 2012
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A new report from EC Harris reveals that the inability to attract pre-let tenants and secure external funding was jeopardising the 150 planned schemes, which have the potential to deliver 53 million sq ft of office space by 2016.

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Beyond consultation: The role of neighbourhood plans in supporting local involvement in planning

Posted on: 23 February 2012
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This report from the London Assembly’s Planning and Housing Committee captures the challenges involved in making neighbourhood plans a reality in London, and sets down markers to light the way. The report focuses on the new opportunities and challenges facing neighbourhood plans in London in the light of proposals contained in the Localism Act 2011. It also establishes what London boroughs, the Mayor and local communities themselves could do to enable all Londoners to get involved in making plans and policy, and in controlling development.

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A new world of cities: Redefining the real estate investment map

Posted on: 22 February 2012
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This note from Jones Lang Lasalle provides a summary of  ongoing research into the new geography of commercial real estate. It highlights the continued dominance of the established cities and real estate markets, but also offers compelling evidence of the rising importance and influence of emerging markets and middle-weight cities.

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Environment and development challenges: The imperative to act

Posted on: 22 February 2012
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This paper is a synthesis of the key messages from the individual papers written by the Blue Planet Laureates, and discusses the current and projected state of the global and regional environment, and the implications for environmental, social and economic sustainability. It addresses the drivers for change, the implications for inaction, and what is needed to achieve economic development and growth among the poor, coupled with environmental and social sustainability, and the imperative of action now.

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The “lost” offices of London’s West End

Posted on: 21 February 2012
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Updated research from leading London office property consultants, H2SO, shows the trend for offices in the capital’s West End to be converted to homes is continuing with around 2m square feet of conversions now having planning consent.

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