IEMA has declared a climate and environmental emergency. Our declaration is rooted in the reality of the international science base and in the knowledge that our profession (IEMA members) can make a pivotal contribution towards the rapid transitions now required.
IEMA will advocate on behalf of Environment and Sustainability Professionals. We will also collaborate to influence policies, standards, guidance and frameworks that can support transitions, both in the UK and internationally.
IEMA’s work to influence the Environment Bill
IEMA is working with a wide range of economic sectors, as part of the Broadway Initiative, to advocate a progressive framework of environment and climate change governance and collaborate in developing pathways for achieving long-term targets and goals. Important examples are:
- Environment Bill: the role and design of objectives and targets
- Assurances for a future Environment Act, including for climate change enforcement powers for the Office of Environmental protection
International climate change – IEMA
Action and awareness by the public, NGOs, and civil society, has also played an important role in building acceptance and consensus for international action on climate change. The Paris agreement was significantly supported by NGOs and civil society representatives. Contributions from these so-called ‘non-state’ actors has continued to be influential. IEMA is committed and engaged:
- IEMA has participated in two annual UNFCCC COP events, presenting evidence and launching new guidance developed by our members
- In 2018, IEMA also submitted evidence to the UNFCCC facilitative dialogue, sharing information on identified policy barriers, opportunities and potential for professionals to achieve change and climate action
- IEMA is helping to lead new international standard developments on carbon neutrality. A new ISO is proposed to help improve and promote good practice. Evidence from IEMA members will be sought towards this important standard, to help support credible claims, effective target setting, organisational strategy and transitions
IEMA advocacy on climate change
Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) – new collaboration, 2019
Effective disclosure is essential to understanding and managing financial risks. It also provides an opportunity for supporting short term response and business transitions. The recommendations of the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) provide a framework for companies to deliver forward-looking disclosures about climate-related financial risks and opportunities. Disclosures made in line with TCFD recommendations should enable investors to make better-informed decisions.
In collaboration with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) Resource and Environment Board, IEMA has established a joint-working party. We will create a guide for users of climate-related financial disclosures that have been prepared in line with the recommendations of the TCFD. The guide will:
- Support users' ability to understand the different sections in the disclosure
- Understand what information the disclosure should include
- Identify key questions to assist further probing the disclosure
The guide will also be used for the purposes of promoting the skills of IFoA and IEMA members in developing meaningful and decision useful climate-related financial disclosures.
Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) 2018 (UK)
This consultation sought views on the government’s proposals for Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting. The reformed policy was introduced in 2019 as the CRC scheme closed. IEMA ran workshops and a webinar on the consultation and our support was acknowledged by BEIS in the Government’s final response.
SECR has helped to achieve an IEMA policy objective to extend mandatory carbon reporting to all large businesses (over 11,000).
Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
Throughout 2013 - 2014, IEMA members contributed to IEMA policy work with DECC and BSi, helping to inform consultations concerning this new scheme (requirement). The final ESOS scheme is now launched.
Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures. Qualifying organisations were required to carry out their first ESOS assessment and notify the Environment Agency by 5th December 2015.
Participants must carry out an ESOS assessment in each subsequent 4 year compliance periods.
IEMA has also registered with the Environment Agency as one of only twelve organisations (and only seven professional bodies or associations) approved by the agency to operate an ESOS Lead Energy Assessor Register. IEMA Full Members who also hold Environmental Auditor status and Principal Environmental Auditors who work in this area are eligible to join IEMA’s new ESOS Lead Energy Assessor Register. IEMA is working with Members with energy assessment experience to sign them up to the Register so they can begin delivering assessments to organisations throughout the UK.
For more information on ESOS, and to see the register, click here.
Climate Change Adaptation
- In early 2013, IEMA worked with members to develop new guidance on Climate Change Adaptation. Our focus was to investigate how practitioners achieve progress and develop new guidance on the adaptation business case. The full guidance is available here.
- Impact Assessment – IEMA has developed both principles and guidance for consideration of Climate change impacts and adaptation within EIA and Impact assessment
- The UK’s Climate Change Risk Assessment – The UK Government is required under the 2008 Climate Change Act to publish a UK-wide Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) every five years. The Act stipulates that the Government must assess ‘the risks for the United Kingdom from the current and predicted impacts of climate change’. The first CCRA was published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2012. For this second CCRA 2017, Defra asked the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change (ASC) to prepare an independent Evidence Report setting out the latest evidence on the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change
IEMA evidence has contributed to the UK Risk Assessment - details of which are available on the Committee’s website.
In 2019 IEMA is again engaged and supporting evidence into CCRA3.
GHG Mandatory Reporting
The Climate Change Act (2008) introduced a number of requirements relating to greenhouse gas emissions reporting.
- Section 83 of the Act required Government to publish, by 1 October 2009, reporting guidance. IEMA members made an important contribution to the development of Government guidance.
- Section 84 of the Act required Government to publish a report on “The contribution that reporting of greenhouse gas emissions makes to the UK meeting its climate change objectives: a review of the current evidence." IEMA’s GHG Management and Reporting Special Report is used as part of the evidence base in the report.
- The Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013 (part 7) implemented the requirement for UK quoted companies on the London Stock Exchange to report their GHG emissions, and come into effect for financial years ending on or after 30th September 2013.
The introduction of mandatory carbon (GHG) reporting as a requirement on over 1,100 UK listed companies has been an important development supported by IEMA. Working with our Members, IEMA developed an evidence base and understanding into the value of both mandatory and also voluntary reporting, as a tool which can support corporate investments and help to build / maintain organisational commitment into energy and low carbon transitions into the medium term.