As a developer, it may not be immediately clear why you might need to carry out aquatic surveys on your proposed development. In the case of hydro-schemes, the requirement for aquatic surveys is obvious and is part of the licensing process. But for a wind farm, a property development or construction of a new road, what is the added value? What type of survey should you consider and crucially, when can those surveys be undertaken?

North of Scotland Regional Director, Greg  Fullarton outlines the cost and time-saving  benefits of aquatic surveys for a wide  variety of developments.

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Atmos Consulting were recently commissioned, pre-construction, to provide ecological and environmental advice to Dee Valley Water (DVW) for the replacement of  an 8.5km water pipeline between Bronwylfa and Llwyn Onn, south of Wrexham in North Wales. The new pipeline is required to be installed and operational by December 2017, presenting us with a tight timescale for completion of the work.

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Society is increasingly taking more notice of the electricity we use and the sources it comes from. Renewable generating capacity has increased by 165% since 2010, now supports 460,000 jobs in the UK and provides 19% of our electricity. However, electricity is only part of the energy picture.  Senior EIA Consultant Sarah Whyte argues that we need to focus much more on renewable heat as we seek to make the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Large companies across the UK risk facing collective fines of up to £200 million for failing to undertake an energy audit under the terms of the UK Government Energy Savings    Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).  The UK government introduced the ESOS Regulations in 2014 with the objective of ensuring that qualifying businesses undertake energy assessment in line with the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive.

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Atmos MD Jean Curran considers the recently published review of Scotland’s planning system and potential opportunities to take a fresh approach to the multiple benefits and functions we derive from our natural environment.

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