Green investment at the heart of Budget 2021

The Chancellor has vowed to put green investment at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. In his Budget, Rishi Sunak unveiled the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio which will provide funding for low-carbon technologies and systems to decrease the costs of decarbonisation and help the UK reach its net-zero objectives. The […]

AC systems maintenance key in COVID-19 crisis

It’s a message we keep hearing from the Government and medical advisors during the coronavirus crisis – ‘we’re following the science’. The problem we’re all learning, is the science, like the thinking and subsequent policies, is constantly being updated as more is learned seemingly by the hour about this lethal virus. And the advice can, […]

Poor air quality still more of a threat to life than coronavirus

My head was turned by a headline I spotted last week during my routine media scans proclaiming that poor air quality is a greater risk to human health than the coronavirus. My research background and day job tell me that’s nothing new – I’ve long known air pollution is a mass killer the word over. […]

Onshore wind and solar ‘could boost UK economy by £29bn’

Barriers to onshore ‘shovel-ready’ renewable energy projects should be lifted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Treasury to provide a £28.9 billion boost the struggling UK economy in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, according to a new report Renewable energy investment firm Thrive Renewables have published a report indicating […]

Historic planning overhaul unveiled to get Britain back in business

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled what he describes as ‘the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War’ and has pledged a ‘new approach’ to planning as new and greener building strategies were announced as part of his programme to bring Britain out of hibernation following the brunt of […]

UK coal-free power record

The UK went more than a month without using coal for power during the Coronavirus lockdown – the longest period since the Industrial Revolution. May 11, 2020, marked 30 days coal-free as gas, nuclear and renewables provided enough demand during a period of lower energy demand because of the economic shutdown and sunny weather. National […]

How Covid has impacted the planning process

Local authorities have been urged by the Government to be ‘innovative’ in how they manage applications and workloads during the current Coronavirus crisis lockdown period. Chief Steve Quartermain, outgoing Chief Planner at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, called on councils to ‘be practical, be pragmatic and let’s plan for the recovery’. Acknowledging […]

Syntegra Group Q2 2020 – predictions and insights

When lockdown is lifted and new normality dawns – whatever that looks like – Syntegra stands ready to support clients through a broad range of potential scenarios with its innovative ways of working and extensive expertise across sustainable service provision. Of course, our teams remain fully committed to carrying out our services, albeit in revised […]

Focus on UV filtration systems to kill coronavirus

While healthcare professionals, scientists and engineers battle to keep COVID-19 patients alive and find a cure/vaccine to keep the deadly virus at bay in the future, there might just be one avenue worth exploring for hospital or hotel infrastructure: UV filtration systems. Commonly used to disinfect hospital airstreams from the 1940s to the 1960s,  such […]

Noise assessments can continue throughout COVID crisis, advisers rule

Sound and noise assessments will continue across the UK despite the current lockdown situation meaning most people are working from home and access to many areas is restricted. Joint Guidance on the Impact of COVID-19 on the practicality and reliability of baseline sound level surveying and the provision of sound and noise impact assessments has […]

Sustainable modular builds increasingly popular

With all major construction work on hold until the COVID-19 pandemic passes, developers will be looking for some quick wins once lockdowns are lifted. And with the renewed focus this enforced break is having on the environment, sustainable solutions are set to take centre stage. Modular builds tick both boxes of speed and sustainability and […]

Coronavirus: Business planning for the energy sector

During these testing times of global health and economic crisis, the one thing the business world craves (apart from the good health of their teams, naturally) is certainty. We are grateful, therefore, to our friends over at the Edie newsroom for pulling together an excellent checklist for energy professionals to use during this time of upheaval. […]

COVID-19: The good news story emerging from the sci-fi style crisis

As the world is gripped by the health and economic crisis born of COVID-19 and millions of us start our lockdown life, it is hard to find anything to be pleased about. The shutters have come down on bars and restaurants, family gatherings are as good as banned and high streets are ghost towns with […]