News Analysis

Rise of the machines

A new joint venture between global asset management consultancy, Amey, and world leading drone technology experts, VTOL Technologies, will use precision, long-range drones to transform asset management inspections. The use of drone technology promises to make it safer, quicker and easier to assess vital infrastructure such as bridges and railways, not to mention much more…
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Electric leg-up

Drivers of electric cars are to be allowed to drive in bus lanes in London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Bristol as part of the ongoing government investment in electric vehicle infrastructure. On these increasingly congested towns and cities, allowing such an advantage to electric car drivers at peak times offers a genuine incentive to invest…
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Urban resilience: A 12 cities analysis

Over half of the world’s population is living in cities at the moment and the numbers are expected to grow by an extra 2 billion people by 2050. The impacts of climate change, high resource demands, aging demographics, the growth of the middle class, the increase in obesity and diabetes, and other challenges, are all…
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Sustainable supply chains: Are we doing enough?

The arrival of the Modern Slavery Act will send ripples throughout the industry, not knowing it is simply not an answer. So how can BRE make a positive change in this space? Organisations with a turnover of more than £36m will have to start making publicly available statements about their approach to identifying and mitigating…
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Wasting away

Leadership is lacking on waste policy as cuts and crises undermine DEFRA’s ability to take charge. DEFRA underwent its annual review recently. It’s been a tough 2014 for one of Whitehall’s smallest departments. Several disasters to manage in 2014 but with even less money: the 2010 spending review required the department to cut non-capital expenditure…
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WATCH: The largest cleanup in history

ONCE 'FONDLY' referred to as flotsam and jetsam, the amount of rubbish in the world’s oceans has become a major issue.   Once the domain of ships and shipwrecks, a great deal of the modern flotsam and jetsam starts off its life as packaging in towns and cities, ending up in the ocean through surface…
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