As the premier body for environmental professionals, IEMA are best-placed to conduct research about the environmental profession and the key issues that affect our members. Here you can find the latest and archive IEMA Special Reports.
The report captures both the current state of EIA practice and looks to the future; identifying how assessment could develop to make an even greater contribution to the effective integration of the environment into the design and consenting processes.
Over the next decade the UK will engage in a major period of infrastructure renewal and development. The potential environmental and social impacts (both positive and negative) associated with such developments will play a major role in determining both the speed at which such infrastructure is deployed and whether individual applications gain consent. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the tool that acts as the interface between the environment, development and communities, enabling projects to work within the limits of the natural environment.
Over the past 25 years EIA has enhanced the consideration of environmental and social issues in over 10,000 major development projects across the UK, ensuring that key infrastructure is delivered with minimal environmental impact and increasingly with environmental gains.
One of IEMA’s strategic objectives is to improve the profession’s profile and influence by promoting the role and views of the environmental profession to policy makers, business and NGOs. As a contribution to this objective, IEMA launched its Special Report on GHG Management and Reporting.
The report sets out practitioners’ views, highlighting the drivers and barriers that help or hinder the business case, and the value that can be gained from GHG management and reporting. It shows the range of activities being used to achieve emissions reductions and distils the professional’s experience at the heart of change. As such it provides a unique status report to inform future policy and initiatives to help transform the economy.
Making carbon and GHG reduction a strategic business issue requires consistent reporting and accounting – a clear message coming from our extensive survey of members earlier in the year and reinforced through a series of member workshops. Overwhelmingly, the profession believes that GHG reporting should become a mandatory requirement for companies. Not only would this help to stimulate internal action to reduce emissions, it would also help companies demonstrate business responsibility on the pressing environmental issue of our time.
Under the Climate Change Act 2008, Government is required to lay before Parliament by December 2010 a review setting out the role that GHG reporting might make in achieving UK carbon budgets. In addition, it must regulate by April 2012 for mandatory GHG reporting by companies, or report to Parliament on why it has not done so. IEMA’s Special Report on GHG Management and Reporting represents the profession’s input to the Government review.
A briefing for Environment and Sustainability professionals (published July 2012) is also available for download.
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