This report examines whether and how the planetary boundaries framework offers tools and perspectives on how to work with the two-way interaction between Swedish and global environmental pressures and performance described above. The planetary boundaries concept was presented in 2009 and provides a novel synthesis of the most pertinent global environmental challenges by analysing the risk of crossing critical thresholds in the behaviour of the Earth system’s processes. The report claims to provide a first attempt to develop a methodology for downscaling planetary boundaries to nationally relevant ones.
This Corporate Plan is focused on the remaining years of the spending review (2013-2015). The Homes and Communities Agency’s activity in future years will depend in part of decisions made as part of the 2015/16 Spending Round, including the response to the Heseltine review and the introduction of the single local growth fund from 2015. For this reason, the outcome of these and their implications to the HCA will be covered in next year’s Corporate Plan or, if appropriate, through an addendum to this plan published later in the year.
The Government has published the second annual report of the 3 year Infrastructure Cost Review programme launched in March 2011 to radically transform the way the UK delivers infrastructure.
The latest monthly issue of Foresight from Visit Britain looks at the methods used for booking trips and accommodation by those visiting the UK.
This report provides an overview of the main issues surrounding the future of sea level rise, and how this will affect European coastlines. The emphasis is to improve understanding of the very real issues facing individuals and governments, and the institutions responsible for protecting and managing our coastal environments. The document is not simply a report from the ice2sea programme, but draws on established and recent science to provide a valuable primer and sourcebook for policy makers and general interest readers alike.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the Government’s independent climate advisor, has today called for stronger incentives for uptake of insulation under the Green Deal, in its 2013 annual progress report.
Constructing Excellence has published a guide, written by the Constructing Excellence Sustainability Task Group, as a simple way to create more understanding of the broader ideas of sustainable construction within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is also intended to enable SMEs to engage with the sustainability agenda through construction, identify business benefits and opportunities and raise standards in the construction industry. The guide is focused upon small building and construction businesses.
Compiling evidence from leading local authorities, key industry players, charities and Government agencies, this review provides detailed analysis and evaluation of the waste sector. It identifies the opportunities, risks and challenges for local government and outlines key asks from Government.
Town Centre Investment Management is a new way to halt and reverse the decline of British Town Centres, using a version of CPO powers. The new approach seeks to bring investment back into town centres through the application of compulsory purchase powers in a new way to allow for joined up investment management. The thinking is summarised and presented in a paper published for consideration and consultation with the Retail industry.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has produced a report which followed up on new systems introduced by the Government to embed sustainable development in policy-making and operational performance, since the Committee published two reports in this area in January and May 2011. This covers Defra/Cabinet Office scrutiny of departments Business Plans, the development of new ‘SD Indicators’, new ‘Greening Government Commitment’ targets for departments and new guidance on policy evaluation.