February: connect: Social and community news from IEMA

31st January 2020

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The IEMA community's news for February.

Birmingham: Christmas social and festive air quality presentation

Amid the Christmas festivities, Birmingham social network was joined by Satty Jandu from DustScan, a local air quality consultant, who gave a short, festive-themed presentation on what we can all be doing to promote a move towards improved air quality, and the key higher-level drivers required. As well as sparking some debate among the group, the presentation left everyone feeling highly motivated; attendees also enjoyed the chance to network with their peers and develop their professional circle.

The growing environmental and sustainability network in Birmingham is great to see and is encouraged by a real appetite for more events and networking opportunities across the wider region. Keep your eyes peeled for more events coming up in 2020.

For more information, contact the Birmingham Hub group lead Leah Bargota at leah.bargota@hs2.org.uk, or contact regions@iema.net

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What inspires & mobilises faith communities around the world towards #ClimateAction? This month's feature article in @IEMA_Transform by our sustainability lead Kamran Shezad, writing about faith-inspired people who are tackling the environmental crisis.


Great to see IEMA's @TobyRobins speak at the Clean City Awards Scheme #Environmental #BestPractice meeting this morning. With a theme focused around #circulareconomy Toby spoke on the latest in the #environmental #sustainability sector and upcoming #policy changes.


Today we were invited to attend the Closed Loop Systems @iemanet regional workshop. @RollsRoyce talked about their Revert programme. Revert has a #CircularEconomy character and helps the company to use #manufacturing waste back in the production of new engines.


“London is part of #C40cities and #WeMeanBusiness to show what is possible and gather momentum“ Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of London for the Environment speaking to IEMA on the value of collaboration for #sustainabilityleadership @iemanet @marcjourdan

Dates For Your Diary

13 February

How will the environment act impact the third sector?

A webinar looking at the Fit for Future network and the potential impact of the Environment Act for charities and heritage organisations. We will cover the Environment Act and how third sector organisations will need to adapt. Fit for the Future is an environmental sustainability network with more than 100 charities, heritage organisations, cultural venues and public sector organisations among its membership.

To register, go to bit.ly/2u3qg5h

20 February

New Zealand: Auckland networking event

IEMA New Zealand is hosting the first of its new yearly networking events, inviting all regional members to enjoy a social event with like-minded individuals and share workplace challenges and ideas, as well as build their professional network. This event is open to all working within the environmental or sustainability sectors.

To register, go to bit.ly/2u7QHac

27 February

IEMA futures – introduction to biodiversity and net gain

During the past 50 years, humans have dramatically altered ecosystems. These changes have contributed to substantial net gains in human wellbeing and economic development, but have been achieved at the cost of biodiversity. In this webinar, we take a closer look at biodiversity and how, through concepts such as net gain, we can protect and enhance it.

To register, go to bit.ly/2tn5Dkz

28 February

Digital impact assessment primer

In this webinar, the new IEMA primer on Digital Impact Assessment is discussed by its authors, members of the Impact Assessment Network. The group has drawn on a range of experience to provide a practitioner's overview of Digital IA. The primer aims to outline the current situation, the opportunities presented and the challenges faced. The webinar is aimed at EIA practitioners, reviewers and stakeholders.

To register, go to bit.ly/2QZmD9F

Event: Futures vs Fellows

The IEMA Futures Network is a network of students, graduates and young professionals who are passionate about environment and sustainability issues. They are hosting an exciting evening of lively discussion and debate between their members and IEMA Fellows on 18 February at Arcadis House, London.

Two separate panels of Fellows and Futures will discuss the issues and challenges facing environment and sustainability professionals today. The aim is to create a thoughtful and engaging conversation between those at the start of their career and those leading the way in the profession.

Register at bit.ly/2FYmsF5. More information around the discussion topics will be provided in due course. If you are interested in being on the Fellows panel and debating on a theme, please contact futures@iema.net

Middle East members

Notice to IEMA members resident in the Middle East & North Africa Region. Your regional Steering Group is in close liaison with IEMA HQ with a view towards building closer local connections with members in 2020. Please log into the IEMA website to ensure your address and contact details are up to date. Meanwhile, for information on IEMA presence in the Middle East, feel free to email myself, your regional chair, at mena@iema.net

Harry Sealy FIEMA CEnv

Environmental and sustainability manager – Qatar at Jacobs

Transform articles

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.

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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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