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Modern slavery and responsibly sourced materials

Modern slavery and responsibly sourced materials

A new Global Commission on Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking has been set up [1] with the aim of driving international momentum towards eradicating forced labour, ending modern slavery and human trafficking – in line with UN goals.  It is part funded by the UK...

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New environmental consultations in Scotland

New environmental consultations in Scotland

A couple of new consultations are out which will have implications for managing environmental issues in Scotland.  The first is about biodiversity.  The second is, perhaps surprisingly to some, about water efficiency ‘Tackling the nature emergency’ [1] is based around...

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Funding net zero – a “roundtable of the willing”

Funding net zero – a “roundtable of the willing”

There is currently no sensible financial arrangement for funding the transformation of social homes to net zero.  And no-one seems to be talking about long-term plans either.  After chats with a few FD’s, investors, and the Green Finance Institute, we thought it might...

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Combining satellite imagery with biodiversity – pilot study

Combining satellite imagery with biodiversity – pilot study

Amidst a growing importance in Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) for new developments, the lack of practical metrics for UK social landlords to manage biodiversity and green spaces for existing land portfolios has become apparent. This gap presents an opportunity to explore...

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SHIFT Q&A

SHIFT Q&A

Each year we upgrade our methodologies for environmental reporting.  The main reason we do this is to ensure that our methodologies align with new national methodologies or UK environmental strategies.  For example, last year new water efficiency targets were...

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A Micro-Study on the Best Region to Call Home

A Micro-Study on the Best Region to Call Home

Introduction There are emerging global and national agendas on placemaking, levelling up and wellbeing.  Investors are looking at environmental and social factors of the organisations they lend to for their ESG investments. This trend aims to improve the places where...

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Advice for Choosing an Environmental Degree

Advice for Choosing an Environmental Degree

    It’s great to see that prospective students are thinking about environmental degrees.  A client asked for some advice on behalf of his son who is passionate about zoology but doesn’t see many career options. We shared our thoughts: Great that your son is...

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Cutting Commercial Energy Waste With Real-Time Data

Cutting Commercial Energy Waste With Real-Time Data

  Why is there a picture of apples on a blog about energy saving?  We spoke to energy monitoring software providers GridDuck to find out.  Here’s what they say: With fuel shortages, unprecedented price hikes and the bankruptcy of large industry names, energy...

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Cementing the Green Revolution: Decarbonising Cement

Cementing the Green Revolution: Decarbonising Cement

Since its invention 199 years ago in England, Original Portland Cement (OPC) has become a critical building block for modern civilisation’s infrastructure. However, despite advancements in reducing emissions produced in cement production, it still makes up as much as...

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SHIFT 2024 consultation begins

SHIFT 2024 consultation begins

At SHIFT we closely monitor all relevant national policy, strategy and legislative changes related to sustainability and the built environment and carefully consider any resultant updates that are required to our environmental audit process. In addition to our ongoing...

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natural harmony in danger

natural harmony in danger

The current state of the environment is in a bad way currently, with biodiversity being shown to have significantly decreased over the last 50 years. ‘As a result, the UK is now one of the most nature-depleted countries on Earth’ according to the ‘State of Nature’...

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The Energy Bill, On The Cusp of Change

The Energy Bill, On The Cusp of Change

  The new ‘Energy Bill’, previously, the Energy Security Bill, looks at reforming the 10-year-old Energy Act (2013). This is to get the legislation up to speed with not only current technology, but the needs of consumers and businesses alike. The bill has reached...

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can air travel be sustainable?

can air travel be sustainable?

Right now, air travel contributes to global CO2 emissions and even more flights are projected.  One way to cut emissions would be to get people to fly less. But sometimes this is a hard ask for businesses that consider flying essential and, families wanting holidays...

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Using drones for biodiversity measurement

Using drones for biodiversity measurement

Drones, or to give them their technical title, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), are a rapidly advancing, versatile technology that is already having a major impact on a variety of sectors. Asher, one of our SHIFT Environmental Assessors, undertook research...

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