Our future in focus

31st May 2024


Hello and welcome to the June/July issue of Transform.


We are so grateful to the hundreds of members who have taken part in questionnaires, focus groups, workshops and panels as part of our conversations about the future purpose of IEMA. One of the requests from members was for us to place a greater emphasis on social sustainability – ensuring that the transition to a net-zero economy is just and equitable. We now have a steering group on the subject, which meets regularly and is in the early stages of developing a work programme. One of the first outputs prioritised by the group is a ‘social sustainability 101’, which will capture key concepts and definitions. More to follow on that in due course.

In our main interview, IEMA Fellow Beth Knight talks about the growing recognition of social sustainability and how it must become a bigger part of the conversation, as we look ahead to the launch of the Taskforce on Inequality and Social-related Financial Disclosures later this year.


“We are so grateful to the hundreds of members who have taken part in … our conversations about the future purpose of IEMA”


A really good example of where sustainability and social justice converge is in policy to retrofit homes with energy-efficiency measures. This can both reduce carbon impact and reduce energy bills for families in lower-income communities – something that is particularly important with the current instability of global energy prices. As Amanda Williams points out, the scale of the task requires a step change in skills and training.

As many organisations are finding out, scope 3 emissions can be extremely difficult to calculate – despite the fact that they can account for the vast majority of a business’s carbon footprint. However, focusing on scope 3 emissions can be a very productive way of driving better business practices and investment decisions, as Susanna Jackson and Helen Sprakes explain.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Please do get in touch if you have any thoughts, comments or ideas for articles – we are always interested in content from our amazing members!

Have a great summer.

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Transform articles

Hosting the energy transition

Sarah Spencer on the clear case for stronger partnerships between farmers and renewable energy developers

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A system-level review is needed to deliver a large-scale programme of retrofit for existing buildings. Failure to do so will risk missing net-zero targets, argues Amanda Williams

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Chris Seekings reports from a webinar helping sustainability professionals to use standards effectively

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Although many organisations focus on scope 1 and 2 emissions, it is vital to factor in scope 3 emissions and use their footprint to drive business change

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Joe Nisbet explores the challenges and opportunities of delivering marine net gain through offshore renewables

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IEMA submits response to the Future Homes Standard consultation

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There is strong support for renewable energy as a source of economic growth among UK voters, particularly among those intending to switch their support for a political party.

16th May 2024

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A project promoter’s perspective on the environmental challenges facing new subsea power cables

3rd April 2024

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