Government has today published its draft Environmental Principles Policy Statement, a key element of the Environment Bill and future environmental governance framework.

Commenting on today’s publication, IEMA’s Director of Policy and External Affairs Martin Baxter said:

“Embedding environmental principles into the policy development framework is a key piece of environmental governance and must be aligned with the long-term targets and statutory environmental improvement plan in the Environment Bill, so that all government departments contribute towards achieving environmental improvement and enhancement. This is an important opportunity to enhance environmental accountability and to weave a green thread through government policy making.

We will review the draft statement against IEMA’s core principles for the environment and engage members in developing our response to Government.”

Further information on IEMA’s Environmental Principles to Guide a Sustainable Future are available here.

Read the government's draft Environmental Principles Policy Statement here.

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Martin Baxter FIEMA, CEnv


Martin Baxter is Deputy CEO at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). He works in the UK and internationally to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future and support people in the development of sustainability skills and green careers.

Martin has national and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European environmental management standards and developing capacity for effective and widespread implementation. Martin heads the UK delegation to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) on environmental management and chairs the ISO environmental management systems committee of ~100 countries. He is also vice-chair of the European Standards CEN/CENELEC Strategic Advisory Body on the Environment.

Martin is a Board member of IEMA, the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) and the Broadway Initiative. He is also a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University.


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