IEMA’s Policy and Practice member groups have identified several areas in which action is required to address the many challenges that we face in relation to the ongoing climate change and biodiversity crises.
The result is a document that puts forward policy recommendations on climate change and energy; biodiversity and natural capital; impact assessment; circular economy; and green jobs and skills.
Recommendations in the document include the need for policymakers, with support from business, to:
- Establish a permanent cross-government body that takes a strategic approach to delivering green skills and jobs growth in the UK that is tied to our long-term climate and environmental goals.
- On Nature Positive, take a lead globally and mandate business to monitor, assess and disclose risks, dependencies and impacts on biodiversity and create a net-zero-style momentum.
- Develop a clear investment and deployment roadmap for onshore wind as recommended by the Skidmore Review, and establish a speedier regime for good projects to connect to the grid.
- Develop a circular renewable strategy to ensure materials and minerals needed for transition to a net-zero economy are reused, remanufactured and recycled.
- Create a National Environmental Assessment Unit to enhance environmental impact assessment delivery in England.
Members of the Policy and Practice team will attend the Labour and Conservative party conferences to try to gain support for these asks from party members, businesses and third-sector organisations there.