Building resilience to extreme weather

In a recent report, the Royal Society describes the problem of extreme weather and makes a number of recommendations to improve resilience. The report was published shortly before the United Nations conference on climate change, held in Peru in December…

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Global Risks 2015 – Environmental risks take centre stage

The World Economic Forum has published the 10th edition of its Global Risks report this month. The report is published annually and features an assessment by around 900 experts via a Global Risk Perception Survey of the top global risks facing the world over the next decade. The risks are assessed in terms of likelihood and in terms of impact…

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EU investment in flood management research

Three EU-funded research projects are delivering faster and more accurate flood warnings and real-time monitoring of flood emergencies, according to a recently updated press release from the European Commission. The press release says: “Timely flood alerts and real-time monitoring of flood emergencies can save lives and prevent damage to property, infrastructure and the environment…”

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Local Levy raises £6m for Severn and Wye catchment flood defences

It was announced this week that the Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Committee for the Severn and Wye Region in England has pledged a Local Levy of £6 million over the next six years for flood defence schemes across the catchment. A Local Levy is used to fund flood defence works that have a local priority but do not qualify for central government funding…

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Environment Agency looks forward

In a recent blog post, Environment Agency Chairman Sir Philip Dilley looks forward to the year ahead and beyond as it implements a six-year programme of flood defence schemes. The Agency has set out an ambitious plan, he writes, numbering more than 1,400 schemes, which will see more than 300,000 homes protected by 2021…

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ESI Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Pearce as its new Chief Executive Officer. Stuart will take up the position on 5th January 2015. Jon Cooke will become the Managing Director of ESI’s consulting business whilst ESI’s founder and current MD Mark Fermor will take on the role of Chair. Announcing the new appointments, ESI’s founder Mark Fermor said…

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National Planning Policy – “Communities need greater protection against unsustainable development,” says CLG Committee

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee published a report last month on the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which has now been in place for two and a half years. The 68-page report includes chapters on delivering sustainable development, local plans, land supply and town centres, and makes 29 recommendations for improvement…

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Sustainable Drainage Systems – Government announces changes to planning system

The Government has published its response to the recent consultation on the delivery of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), which ran for six weeks and closed on October 24th. The consultation sought views on an alternative approach to the one envisaged in the Flood and Water Management Act of 2010. It recommended that sustainable drainage systems be delivered via changes to the current planning system instead of…

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ESI joins the Susdrain network

ESI has become a supporter of Susdrain, an independent platform for all those involved in delivering sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). Created by CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research and Information Association), Susdrain is a new community that provides a range of resources, discussion forums and support for drainage and highway engineers, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, property developers, drainage consultants and suppliers…

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Management of groundwater infiltration to sewers

Groundwater infiltration to sewers results in potentially significant economic costs to water companies through increased treatment cost and requirement for tankering, as well an environmental risk from the discharge of untreated sewage when works capacity is exceeded…

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