Policy update - IEMA position on sustainability skills

25th November 2014

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On 10 December, IEMA will be back at Westminster to launch its position statement on creating the skills needed to drive the transformation to a sustainable economy.

The event will be hosted by Joan Walley MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, and will bring together 200 members, supporters and partners.

The statement will present the response needed across governments, and the education and business sectors to the global megatrends and sustainability skills gaps identified in October’s report, Preparing for the perfect storm. The statement will set out the key IEMA expectations on the next UK government, and set the framework for significant action across the membership through next year and beyond.

With more than 60% of IEMA members working in business, the statement has a strong emphasis on the role of environment and sustainability skills, both in organisations and between them. The need for greater uptake of systems to enable lifecycle thinking, collaboration, innovation and improved sustainability performance across the value chain also features prominently.

The statement forms part of IEMA’s campaign to upskill the economy to meet the challenges and opportunities the future holds. Details on the campaign, including how your organisation can get involved are available from iema.net/skills-campaign. IEMA has had some great feedback on Preparing for the perfect storm and can supply members with further hard copies and supporting information to share with suppliers and their networks.

The campaign and activities resulting from the position statement will continue well into 2015, particularly in the run up to next May’s general election. In June 2015, IEMA will host a conference in London, which will focus on the organisational responses to the skills challenge of creating a sustainable economy.


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