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30 August 2019

A personal account of Eco-Anxiety and Climate Emergency declaration by James Dixon FIEMA CEnv, Head of Sustainability at Newcastle Hospitals

In June 2019 Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital was the first (and, to date, only) NHS Trust to officially declare a climate emergency, and to commit to being Zero Carbon by 2040.

14 August 2019

The Year of Green Action 2019

We know from recent Ipso Mori polls that the environment is – for the first time – considered by the public to be one of the top 3 priorities for government, and we have an opportunity, through YoGA engagement, to offer ways for the public to take positive action in response to the challenges we all face. Movements like Extinction Rebellion and the climate strikes have given a higher profile to environmental threats and the role of activism – YoGA gives us a platform to translate that concern and urgency into positive action.

6 August 2019

UK Government Confirms Intention to Introduce EPR and DRS systems in 2023 subject to Primary Powers in the Environment Bill

Last week, the UK government published summaries of responses to its first consultations proposed in the Resources and Waste Strategy. The consultations generated a high level of engagement, including from IEMA which submitted its own response along with 679 other separate responses and 34 campaign responses.

22 July 2019

Communicating Climate Impacts

Even if we stopped emitting all greenhouse gases today, climate change will continue to affect us and future generations, with some significant changes ‘locked in’. Future generations are also facing far smaller personal ‘carbon budgets’ due to current and historic emissions. In fact Climate activist Greta Thunberg says ‘You are stealing our future’ (December 2018). In this blog, Clare Day from Sweco talks about adaptation and mitigation as an approach to tackling climate change and how each play their part.

17 July 2019

Government misses improvement opportunities in endorsement of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act

Earlier this month, the UK Government published its response to the final report of the independent Review. The review was commissioned by Government and made 80 recommendations as to how the statute could be reinforced to help address the issue of modern slavery, one of the biggest problems faced by society today.

17 July 2019

IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor, Martin Baxter responds to Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove’s speech on the forthcoming Environment Act

Michael Gove, Defra Secretary of State, set out his latest thinking on the forthcoming Environment Act on Tuesday 16th July. The key aspects on the governance framework in the Act speak directly to the assurances that IEMA has been advocating as part of the Broadway Initiative.

14 June 2019

The public perception of the plastic crisis. Is this the voice of reason?

The “plastic crisis” with all its complexity and myriad of stakeholders is truly a “wicked problem” and as such there can be no simple and elegant solution. Read Full Member and Chartered Environmentalist, Dr Dawn Popes proposed approach on improving our plastic environmental performance.

23 May 2019

WED2019 #Airpollution- Leeds Air Quality Living Lab- University of Leeds

The University of Leeds Air Quality Living Lab project brings together staff, students and City partners to build knowledge of air quality and pollution that informs decision making and shapes the institution’s strategic approach to improving health and the environment. As part of the wider Leeds Living Lab programme, it drives the University’s commitment to embedding sustainability through knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation – bringing together diverse teams to research and test sustainable solutions, enhance the curriculum and solve real world challenges using the University as a test bed.

2 May 2019

IEMA’s Nick Blyth responds to net-zero UK emission target

Read how IEMA Policy & Engagement Lead Nick Blyth responds to achieving the net-zero UK emission target

18 April 2019

Read how IEMA member Laura transferred her passion to profession after gaining IEMA's accreditation

Read how taking IEMA’S Certificate in Environmental Management has helped Laura gain the required recognition to land her perfect job championing sustainability and what changes she has implemented to gain her the accolade of Responsible Property Management Sustainability Champion 2018

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