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Call for more Government support for off-site construction

Government support for innovation and expansion of the off-site construction sector is a crucial factor in its ability to meet demand, according to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Scottish jobs warning after UK pulls wind farm subsidy

Contractors in Scotland have warned of “serious impact” on jobs after the UK government confirmed it would end public subsidies for new onshore wind farms from next year.

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EDF starts Blyth offshore wind farm site investigations

EDF Energy Renewables is carrying out seabed and geotechnical investigations in the area of the planned Blyth offshore wind farm.

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Swansea tidal lagoon gains planning consent

The £1bn, 240MW Swansea tidal lagoon project today received planning consent from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc), paving the way for the project to get under way in earnest next spring.

Spending: Keeping it green

Cutting back on sustainability spending is a tempting way to deal with the recession. In fact, maintaining an environmental focus might just be the best way to survive it. Jo Stimpson looks at consumer attitudes to find out why.

Low carbon: Building a better future

How we cost buildings is set to change if carbon becomes a commercial commodity. Sean Lockie explains that engineers will have to understand how a low carbon economy of the future may change a building’s design now.

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Carbon emissions: Working from the top down

Engineers can solve the challenges of reducing carbon emissions, says Royal Academy of Engineering president Lord Browne, but they will need far-sighted political leadership and better international frameworks to underpin their efforts.

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Cutting out the carbon

The Climate Change Act came into force in the UK last November. It provides a legal framework for reducing emissions to prevent the recession and a wealth of technological challenges getting in the way. The forthcoming Gibson Review will ensure engineers have a role in its success, reports Jo Stimpson

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Low carbon: There’s no commitment issue here

As we head towards Copenhagen’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, NCE has teamed up with the Construction Industry Council for a regular series to help the profession engage with this important milestone.

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Case study: low carbon building refurbishment makes business sense today

In moving to a low carbon economy the role of buildings is absolutely crucial, says the Carbon Trust


NCE is supporting TckTckTck, a global alliance of civil society organisations, trade unions, faith groups and individuals all calling for an fair, ambitious, and binding climate change agreement.

This site is the hub for mobilizing civil society support for an historic agreement on climate change in Copenhagen in December 2009. It is building the world's biggest mandate for change, to show leaders that people are ready for bold climate action.

CEEQUAL: green gets seen

Ten years after it was first proposed, the CEEQUAL scheme for assessing and rating the environmental quality of civil engineering projects is becoming mainstream, reports Adrian Greeman.

    Market report: Sustainable development

    Market report: Sustainable development

    MWH director of business strategy David Smith explains now is the time to commit to sustainable development, before it is too late.

      Expert Opinion

      Steve Norris

      Viewpoint: How can London drive sustainable investment in infrastructure?

      Arguments may still rage over the extent of mankind’s contribution to climate change, but in 2011 progressive businesses everywhere recognise that sustainability makes good business sense.


      Viewpoint: Copenhagen: climax or catalyst?

      Forum For the Future founder director Sara Parkin asks: What will be the Copenhagen outcome?

      Construction Industry Council chief executive Graham Watts

      Viewpoint: At the heart of carbon

      As civil engineers we have a reponsibility to be at the heart of policy making, says Construction Industry Council chief executive Graham Watts

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