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Brexit and Beyond: Future UK Environment Policy and Legislation
What’s beyond Brexit? The process of leaving the EU and transposing EU law into UK law offers significant challenges and opportunities for the environment and economy. Join us to explore this critical issue for UK and European environment and sustainability professionals.
The immediate challenge is to fully transpose the European Union ‘environmental acquis’ into UK law to ensure continued protection and provide certainty to business. Once the UK has left the EU, we’ll have an opportunity to reshape the policy landscape and significantly improve the environment on which we and future generations will depend.
Join leading industry experts to explore the latest developments in the transposition as we draw closer to finalising Brexit, and planning for the future of the profession.
To book, visit bit.ly/2qrFXi1
IEMA extraordinary general meeting and Transformative Leadership for a Sustainable Future
Cast your vote on a special resolution, permitting IEMA to progress our Royal Charter application at this extraordinary general meeting. The vote is an important gateway point in the application process, so we encourage as many members as possible to attend and vote for us to petition for a Royal Charter. If you can’t attend in person, you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.
Full details at Use your influence at this month's Royal Charter EGM
This is followed by a landmark event featuring presentations from former Welsh Assembly environment, sustainability and housing minister Jane Davidson and IEMA Fellows Mike Barry, M&S director of sustainable business, and Paul Leinster, former chief executive of the Environment Agency.
To book, visit bit.ly/2EFJVrq
Communicating the Environmental Message
With ‘going green’ now taking centre stage in international politics and business alike, the importance of clear communications is more relevant than ever before – and yet often it is noticeably absent. Join our upcoming workshop to explore how to tailor different forms of communication to better resonate with a variety of audiences.
To book, visit bit.ly/2HuOW9s
Site visit: Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant, Norfolk
The facility is one of the UK’s newest biomass plants, using a variety of biomass organic material to generate clean, green electricity. With an insightful presentation about the innovative design and operation of the site, followed by a tour of the facility, come along to explore this innovative plant and discover how renewable energy is the key to preserving resources for future generations.
To book, visit bit.ly/2HkmauG
Women in Sustainable Construction and Property Social
Join in for an evening of discussion and connectivity! You can build networks, develop new contacts and discuss environmental, diversity or built environment issues.
Visit bit.ly/2qMeJ50 or contact Emma Nicholson at email@example.com or on 07403 361584
Plastic Pollution - What’s the Solution?
To celebrate World Environment Day 2018, join us at our North East regional conference event to celebrate the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The event, hosted by Climate Action North East, will focus on the plastic pollution agenda.
There will also be an optional Nurdle Hunt/Walk on the nearby beach with Emily Cunningham to hunt for microplastics and an opportunity to network. Refreshments will be provided. This will be an interesting, fun-packed day of presentations, activities and talks in an excellent venue with a fabulous coastal setting.
To book, visit bit.ly/2GVjSPg
Approaches, Challenges, and Opportunities in Social Impact Assessment
Are you an aspiring or experienced social impact assessment (SIA) practitioner? Perhaps you’re an environmentalist with an interest in learning more about SIA? This open panel discussion with IEMA’s Global Environmental and Social Assessment (GESA) Group will explore key topics for SIA development, challenges, and approaches. You’ll hear the views of panellists from international lenders (EBRD), consultants (Mott MacDonald and ERM) and developers (BP) as they aim to create a greater understanding of SIA challenges and practical best-practice solutions.
To register, visit bit.ly/2GVArum
Arctic adventure smashes charity fundraising target
In April, IEMA Fellow Paul Reeve undertook a charity Arctic adventure, including skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding across Finland to raise funds for Electrical Industries Charity’s Challenge for a Cause 2018. His target was to raise at least £1,500 for the Dickinson family, but he surpassed that with over £2,500. For more information and donations, visit http://virginmoneygiving.com/PaulReeve
The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) in Kew has today unveiled a new strategy to tackle biodiversity loss and develop sustainable nature-based solutions to some of humanity’s biggest global challenges.
Seven of the UK's 17 key industry sectors are still increasing their emissions year-on-year, and most will miss their 2050 net-zero targets without significant government action, new research suggests.
A group of 12 leading investment consultancy firms, which advise organisations managing around $10trn (£7.3trn) in assets, have launched a new initiative to help deliver net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.
The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.
In 2020, amid the global crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw numerous cross-sector collaborations involving tech companies, aiming to create smart solutions that would amplify positive environmental and social impacts across sectors and organisations – for example in online healthcare or mRNA vaccine platform technology. This led the public health crisis to be referred to as “the digital accelerant of the decade” by US cloud communications platform Twilio.
The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.