Entering the Brexitocene
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The profession needs a pro-business, pro-growth focus going into 2017.
From Brexit to Trump, 2016 was a socio-political rollercoaster, and the hard reality is that last year’s uncertainty is a long way from being resolved. I admit that I, and the rest of the IEMA Futures team, have found it incredibly difficult to consistently stay positive about what lies ahead.
But we cannot dwell on that. Positivity from the environment and sustainability profession and this generation is vital going into this year. We must learn from 2016 and evaluate our approach to environment and sustainability issues to make sure we achieve the world we want.
Now, more than ever, sustainability needs a pro-business, pro-growth focus. It should be about growing and innovating, creating new business opportunities, and challenging the status quo – everything the IEMA Futures generation embraces and celebrates.
One area that will drive significant carbon reduction and have a positive impact on the environment and society is investment in sustainable infrastructure. Meeting climate change targets rests on the capacity to create and invest in infrastructure, in cities and elsewhere, that will enable the transition to a low-carbon economy. This requires joined-up systems thinking and a creative approach to tackling some of the challenges ahead.
IEMA Futures believes that young environment and sustainability professionals are well placed to be the future innovators, helping to lead the way towards achieving sustainable infrastructure solutions. That is why we have chosen this challenge as our focus for 2017 and look forward to hosting discussions and events on this topic. We would encourage all IEMA Students, Graduates and early career professionals to follow us on social media and get involved.
Here’s to a year of innovation and action to save our world for future generations – join the movement.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
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.
IEMA has today urged the UK government to focus on developing green skills and expertise across business, industry and civil society following the publication of an alarming report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).