Laws of the Environment Made Easy by Guide

The Journal (Newcastle, England), May 25, 2007 | Go to article overview
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Laws of the Environment Made Easy by Guide


Byline: By Rita Callender

Government legislation relating to the protection of the environment has come at us in abundance over the last few years.

Navigating that maze of what we can and can't ( or should that be should and shouldn't ( do has, therefore, become increasingly difficult for everybody within the construction industry.

Hazardous waste, oil storage, duty of care, packaging, landfill, soil operations, emissions, wildlife and nature conservation... the list of areas which are now covered by rules and regulations seems, quite frankly, never ending.

But that is to be expected for a sector which creates such huge environmental impact, both through its size and the way it operates.

It is responsible for 17% of all UK water withdrawals, more than 90 million tonnes of waste per annum and 52% of UK carbon dioxide emissions. Around a third of all pollution incidents in the UK are in construction ( more than any other single industrial sector.

No wonder then that, in a world which is becoming more environmentally conscious on the whole, many eyes turn to construction when looking for ways to make a difference.

Many of the accidents encountered in the sector are as a result of lack of awareness of legislation which is in place to stop them happening.

No one initiative alone will put an end to this problem and the environmental obstacles the industry faces.

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