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Spring 2020 Chair and Chief Executive Update

Posted By Administration, 27 February 2020


This is a joint blog update from SocEnv’s Chair, Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, and Dr Emma Wilcox, Chief Executive. 

As an umbrella body tasked with championing and registering the expertise of environmental professionals, professional competence and collaboration is at the heart of everything we do.

That’s why we have teamed up with IEMA, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), AECOM, the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and WSP to found the ‘Pledge to Net Zero’ initiative - the first industry commitment in the UK requiring organisations to create rigorous, science-based targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

The initiative is particularly targeted at the environmental sector. This reflects SocEnv’s core conviction that in a time when urgent climate action is required, it is environmental professionals – those who have demonstrated their expertise, skills and commitment through their work and registrations – who should lead delivery of the transition to net zero.

Since our last update, the first pledge window deadline has come and gone and thirty-four organisations have now signed the pledge – with a combined total of approximately 20,100 employees between them and representing multiple different sectors, including private sector consultancies, public sector organisations, professional bodies and non-consultancy companies working in fields such as contracting. They also vary in size from locally based SME to UK based but internationally operating organisation – reflecting a wide impact.

By joining these organisations to make the Pledge to Net Zero, you can:

·         Showcase your dedication – help the UK achieve its commitment to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

·         Demonstrate your leadership – encourage collaboration in the environmental sector to fully harness the expertise of its professionals

·         Make a difference – provide inspiration for other organisations to follow.


If you haven’t yet made the pledge, don’t worry – there are five deadline windows throughout 2020 where you can sign-up, with dates scheduled around key environmental events such as World Environment Day and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). The next window to pledge closes on the 30th April.

Similarly, if you’d like to make the pledge but would like more information on what’s involved, you can access guidance documents via the website at or catch up with our webinar: A guide to pledging’. Another webinar will follow this Spring – details to be confirmed shortly so keep an eye on our social media channels.

Next week we will both be speaking at FutureBuild (3rd – 5th March) – the annual built environment event which brings together influencers and shapers from across the industry. You can find out more about Emma’s talk on the importance of environmental competence and professional standards via this link, with Will to speak on the value of professional collaboration – with specific focus on activity focused around adaptation and resilience – more info here. SocEnv also has a stand at the event – so please do come and see us on STAND B157 where you can find out more about our work, professional registration and ask any questions you may have.



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