A policy update by Dr Tatum Matharu, Policy and Parliamentary Lead.
We now have a Policy and Parliamentary Lead in post at the Society, dedicated to delivering our strategic aim of facilitating the collective influence of environmental professionals. Part of this role involves responding to Government consultations and calls for evidence.
One recent example of this relates to the Government’s proposed industrial strategy (before the June 8th election). The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s green paper Building our Industrial Strategy sets out a vision for improving living standards and driving economic growth, however it did not adequately consider the environment in its plans.
We collaborated with our Constituent Bodies to share key messages in our response.
First and foremost, we underlined the need for sustainability in the industrial strategy, emphasising that economic sustainability is predicated on environmental sustainability and that long-term and holistic stewardship of our natural capital is the foundation of sustainable growth.
We called upon the Government to honour its commitments made under the Paris Agreement and Climate Change Act and to demonstrate leadership in working towards implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In light of our forthcoming negotiations in exiting the European Union, we stressed the importance of continued collaboration with our European neighbours, calling for recognition that our common resources are not bound by national borders.
We repeatedly championed the value of Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians as competent environmental professionals working across a range of sectors and technical disciplines, who are able to participate in stakeholder engagement activities to ensure that good practice is implemented and the highest environmental standards are upheld.
You can read the Society’s full response here and view wider policy work on our dedicated policy page, including previous responses to consultations.
Dr Tatum Matharu, Policy and Parliamentary Lead
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