IEMA reacts to Britain’s decision to exit the European Union.

IEMA’s chief Policy Advisor gives a statement on the result of the EU referendum result

Posted on Jun 24, 2016

IEMA’s chief Policy Advisor gives a statement on the result of the EU referendum result

“The referendum vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU raises significant questions for businesses, professionals and the wider public on environmental protection policy. 

In the lead-up to the referendum, IEMA members were overwhelmingly of the view that being a member of the EU is good for business and good for the environment.  There was a real concern that environment and climate policy risked being watered down if the vote was to leave.  Environment and sustainability professionals will now look to the future with some sense of uncertainty.

It is therefore essential that the government gives a commitment that, in negotiating the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU, an equivalent or enhanced level of environmental protection and climate policy will be implemented here in the UK. 

In establishing the UK’s future direction, Government must develop progressive policies for the UK to transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and sustainable economy which delivers real social value over the long-term.  It must seize the opportunity to accelerate the transformational change needed to meet long-term sustainability challenges and provide a much-needed boost to UK jobs and productivity. 

An immediate test of the Government’s commitment to environment and sustainability lies in the adoption of the UK’s Fifth Carbon Budget.  We urge the Government to adopt the independent Committee on Climate Change recommendation for a 57% emissions reduction, giving a clear and positive signal of its long-term environmental commitment.

IEMA is committed to providing leadership and support to ensure that environment and sustainability are placed at the heart of decision making and that policies are in place to develop a sustainable economy for the future.”

Comments (2)

  1. Jason:
    Jun 24, 2016 at 02:46 PM

    Sorry to be pessimistic, but unfortunately, the environment will be put on the back burner whilst the government deals with the more immediate issue of how to exit the EU and stabilising the economy. We may as well accept that pretty much all progress on environmental policy matters are about to be put on freeze for the time being.

  2. Richard Gotheridge:
    Jun 25, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    I'm sure I'm not alone in understanding the urgent need for replacement environmental legislation that will be required, now the UK and its devolved countries are to leave the EU. Significant sections of environmental regulation is EU-led with direct application to Britain.
    IEMA and its members need to be able to respond urgently; to be able to present considered, science-led and sustainability-focused recommendations for the replacements required. New laws will be required quickly (possibly within two years), and cannot be ill thought out or be allowed to drift into deregulation for political gain.
    That being said, there are opportunities here to reduce burdensome bureaucracy and refocus environmental regulations on outcomes for businesses, people and the planet.
    This will not happen though without considered suggestions from sector-leaders like IEMA and its members, together with appropriate lobbying of politicians of all parties. If IEMA and its members don't pick up the baton, others without the same intentions will!
    I stand ready to help, please communicate how we can...

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