News Category: Environmental

Natural England Releases Three New Tools to Help Developers

Natural England Releases Three New Tools to Help Developers

On Wednesday 7th July 2021 Natural England launched three new tools, the updated Biodiversity Metric 3.0, a Small Sites Metric (SSM) and the Environmental Benefits from Nature Tool (EBNT). The Biodiversity Metric and SSM both evaluate and account for nature losses and gains resulting from development as required by the proposed Environmental Bill. The main…

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Corriegarth 2 Wind Farm Submitted

Corriegarth 2 Wind Farm Submitted

Arcus has recently submitted the Section 36 application for Corriegarth 2 Wind Farm, located approximately 15 km north-east of Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands. The proposed Corriegarth 2 extends the existing operational Corriegarth Wind Farm, which comprises of 20 turbines with a tip height of 120 m, and has been operational since 2017. If consented, Corriegarth…

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Heathland Wind Farm Submitted

Heathland Wind Farm Submitted

Over the past 18 months, Arcus has supported EDF Renewables by leading the environmental and planning aspects for the re-design of the consented Heathland Wind Farm. Located across South Lanarkshire and West Lothian local authority boundaries, the primary goal of the project has been re-design the consented scheme to optimise the electricity generation whilst minimising…

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Glen Noe Hydro Scheme Operational

Glen Noe Hydro Scheme Operational

RWE has recently completed the construction of a 2 MW run-of-river hydro scheme, near Loch Etive. Consented in September 2016, Arcus supported RWE in leading the EIA and a number of the environmental assessments including ecology, landscape character and visual assessment, hydrology, cultural heritage, noise and traffic and transport. The scheme is located in a…

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Arcus Shortlisted for Humber Renewables Award

Arcus Shortlisted for Humber Renewables Award

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Best Renewable Energy Project or Installation in the Humber Area at the Humber Renewables Awards 2020, for the work we have carried out at Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm. Dogger Bank, located off the Yorkshire coastline, is the world’s largest offshore wind farm currently under development.  We…

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Noise Mitigation – New Approaches Used by our Acoustics Team

Noise Mitigation - New Approaches Used by our Acoustics Team

Arcus is at the forefront in assessing new and novel technologies emerging in the UK. Projects we regularly work on include innovative battery storage facilities, gas peaking sites, and solar farm developments across the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Our teams face new challenges with every project; providing innovative solutions to meet all the requirements of…

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Hydrogen in the Clean Energy System

Hydrogen in the Clean Energy System

Over the past 12 months, Arcus has seen substantial growth in client interest in hydrogen production. Following recent political announcements and growing status as the “next big thing” in the energy sector, it is likely that hydrogen will play an increasing role in our energy system in the near future. Whilst not necessarily the answer…

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Tim Wheeler Discusses New Directions in Policy for Onshore Wind in Scotland

Tim Wheeler Discusses New Directions in Policy for Onshore Wind in Scotland

The Committee for Climate Change has published its latest report on progress in reducing emissions in Scotland (https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/reducing-emissions-in-scotland-2020-progress-report-to-parliament/). The report rightly notes the significant progress which the power sector has made towards reducing carbon emissions in Scotland and the UK as a whole. The switch to low carbon generation has contributed two thirds of the…

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Scotland Net Zero: Onshore Wind and Peat

Scotland Net Zero: Onshore Wind and Peat

In 2019, the Scottish Parliament voted on updates to the Climate Change (Scotland) Act which included setting a national, binding target of Net Zero carbon emissions by 2045. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has been monitoring Scotland’s progress on reducing emissions, and recently published its October 2020 Progress Report for Reducing Emissions in Scotland.…

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The UK Ecology Team Reflect on a Busy 2020 Survey Season

The UK Ecology Team Reflect on a Busy 2020 Survey Season

With both the ecology survey season and the financial year coming to a close, the Arcus Ecology Team has taken time to reflect on what has been another incredibly busy and rewarding year. Despite the unique challenges Covid-19 posed to carrying out surveys, the team has been able to keep projects on track by delivering…

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