• Environmental ground
    Environmental

    Buying a ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – Or Another ‘Tragedy’?

    Buying a ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – or another ‘Tragedy’? I’ve never been a fan of the idea of environmental “offsetting”. The concept is most frequently applied to greenhouse gas emissions – with which NEBOSH Environmental Certificate students who have studied Element 1 will be familiar – where an organisation (or individual) seeks to compensate for the carbon emissions they cause (usually through using energy) by paying for improvements elsewhere. Carbon offsetting has become institutionalised through regulated schemes such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, and there is also a host of commercial ‘carbon offsets’ that are available for purchase from specialist companies. Carbon offsets are usually sold as tonnes of…

  • Qatar skyline
    Health & Safety

    Qatar 2022

    When FIFA announced that Qatar would host the 2022 World Cup there was surprise and concern from many quarters because of the country’s summer temperatures. And now it looks as though many organisations are backing a move from summer to winter for the tournament because of those concerns. Qatar certainly has an extreme climate. Jutting out into the Persian Gulf it is an arid peduncle covered largely in sand and gravel. Average temperatures for July are over 35oC. That’s the average day and night-time temperature across the entire month. At 5am, the coolest time of night, temperatures can still be above 30oC and relative humidity can be 100%. The maximum…