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1st May 2018

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15 May

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.

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15 May

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.

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16 MAY

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.

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16 MAY

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.

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17 May

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 or contact Emma Nicholson at or on 07403 361584

5 June

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.

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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.

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Member News

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

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Royal Botanic Gardens unveils new strategy to tackle biodiversity loss

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.

28th September 2021

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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.

23rd September 2021

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Given the proper investment and resources, the UK’s further education system can play a significant role in improving sustainability, argues Charlotte Bonner

23rd September 2021

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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.

22nd September 2021

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.

22nd September 2021

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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.

22nd September 2021

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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.

30th July 2021

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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.

26th July 2021

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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.

5th July 2021

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