Working for a new normal

1st June 2020


Web p4 martin baxter 0

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Health ,
  • sea ice loss ,
  • Policy

Author

IEMA

The world has been transformed in an incredibly short period of time as a result of COVID-19; my heart goes out to those of you who have been directly or indirectly affected by the disease.

The economic impacts are having significant impacts on members, with many being furloughed, working from home, or finding themselves with no income because they are self-employed, or have lost their job. We've put measures in place to support you if you're finding it difficult to pay membership fees, and I encourage you to get in touch with the membership team to discuss the options, if necessary.

We're working with different parts of government (including the Treasury,Defra and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and with key business sector bodies to ensure that the future 'new normal' will be better than the old ways of doing things. IEMA's message is simple – build back better, and put sustainability at the heart of the recovery.

“We must 'lock in' the benefits of the deeper community connections that many people have developed during the pandemic“

This means accelerating the transition to our net-zero climate target, enhancing organisational and supply chain resilience, and investing in green jobs and sustainability skills. We must also 'lock in' the benefits of the deeper community connections that many people have developed during the pandemic. It is vital that government underpins the improvements we're seeing to our natural environment (better air quality, lower carbon emissions and so on), with businesses receiving support on the condition that they make environmental and social commitments.

The coronavirus pandemic hasn't altered the science of climate change, the plastic waste crisis hasn't gone away, our natural capital and biodiversity continues to be degraded, and our resilience to flooding is unchanged. If we're to address these significant challenges, we need to use this period of change to create a sustainable future.

Subscribe

Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.


Transform articles

UK off track for net zero by 2030, CCC warns

Only a third of the emission reductions required for the UK to achieve net zero by 2030 are covered by credible plans, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has warned today.

18th July 2024

Read more

Almost three-fifths of UK environmental professionals feel there is a green skills gap across the country’s workforce, or that there will be, a new survey has uncovered.

4th July 2024

Read more

Climate hazards such as flooding, droughts and extreme heat are threatening eight in 10 of the world’s cities, new research from CDP has uncovered.

3rd July 2024

Read more

Ahead of the UK general election next month, IEMA has analysed the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and Green Party manifestos in relation to the sustainability agenda.

19th June 2024

Read more

Nine in 10 UK adults do not fully trust brands to accurately portray their climate commitments or follow the science all the time, a new survey has uncovered.

19th June 2024

Read more

Just one in 20 workers aged 27 and under have the skills needed to help drive the net-zero transition, compared with one in eight of the workforce as a whole, new LinkedIn data suggests.

18th June 2024

Read more

With a Taskforce on Inequality and Social-related Financial Disclosures in the pipeline, Beth Knight talks to Chris Seekings about increased recognition of social sustainability

6th June 2024

Read more

Disinformation about the impossibility of averting the climate crisis is part of an alarming turn in denialist tactics, writes David Burrows

6th June 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close