Policy update: The need for unity

8th February 2013

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In the first of IEMA's new policy updates, Martin Baxter discusses the need for unity among government ministers

The government’s attempts to develop policies that deliver economic growth in the short term present a real risk to building a truly sustainable economy.

Conflicting approaches by different government departments also threaten long-term success. For example, the divergent views between the treasury and the energy department on the future role of gas and planning reforms proposed by the department of communities and local government which are pitched against a policy of localism.

The CBI recognises the huge contribution that green growth is delivering, not just here in the UK but as part of a broader export-oriented approach. And all the major construction trade bodies have called for government to support policies on greener building and construction.

David Cameron’s recent supportive statements on energy efficiency are welcome, but implementation of greener policies will be the test of the government’s commitment.

IEMA’s policy and horizon-scanning activity provides a basis for the environment and sustainability profession to engage and influence policies and best practice, bridging as it does the interface between environment and business.

Our approach is one that utilises the experiences of professionals to develop an evidence base to catalyse change, while recognising that we can support the development of skills to face the challenges of new issues.

Our programme for 2013 is framed around the profession’s contribution to a sustainable economy. Key issues include the better use of natural resources and supporting the move to a circular resource economy; and the continuing revision to ISO 14001.

We’ll be engaging members in these areas through surveys and workshops. Find out more about IEMA’s policy and horizon-scanning at iema.net/policy.


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