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

Martin Baxter leads on IEMA's policy and external engagement activity. He works in the UK, and internationally, to support the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient, and sustainable economy.

Martin is a regular media spokesperson on a range of business sustainability topic areas. He has extensive experience of networking and communicating at all levels, including with senior parliamentarians, Government officials, business leaders, and academia.

Martin has national and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European standards and developing capacity for effective and widespread implementation. He is chair of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) sub-committee on environmental management systems and head of the UK delegation. Martin is a board member of IEMA and also the Society for the Environment (SocEnv). He is a Fellow of IEMA and the RSA, and a Chartered Environmentalist.