Dozen new nature areas protect wildlife

A dozen new Nature Improvement Areas created by the Government aren’t enough to protect “treasured wildlife”, according to campaigners. This week Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman revealed the new nature zones will cover hundreds of thousands of hectares across England. Each site will get a share of £7.5 million to create wildlife havens such as heathland […]

Lobbyists call for brownfield redevelopment focus

A leading trade association has called on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to recognise the redevelopment of brownfield land as a driver of economic growth in the draft National Planning Policy Framework. The Environmental Industries Commission, who campaign for the environmental technologies and services industry, are calling on Government to ensure new […]

Pollution could increase as cutbacks bite

Pollution and damage to property could increase because of cuts to public sector funding. That’s the message from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) who want urgent action to address cuts in funding for the brownfield sector. They say Government budget cuts mean councils and the Environment Agency are suffering from a […]

Global energy firm to buy rival for £606m

International energy services company Wood Group is to acquire fellow global player Production Services Network for £606m. PSN will merge with Wood Group’s oil and gas production facilities business to create what will become the world’s leading brownfield production services provider, to be called Wood Group PSN. PSN’s chief executive Bob Keiller will head the […]