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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 https://www.pledgetonetzero.org/pledge 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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December Chair & Chief Executive Update

Posted By Sarah Ridgeon, 18 December 2019
Updated: 19 December 2019

 

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

Welcome to the December update, in which we review the last two months and look ahead to 2020.

SocEnv is continuing to centre its activities on tackling the Climate and Environmental Emergency via the championing of environmental competence – achieved through professional registration and by facilitating the sharing of good environmental practice. Our aforementioned governance review has provided us with an excellent platform as we move into 2020, with the development of our 2020-25 strategy which will be published early next year.

Our newly established Advisory Council recently held its first meeting – a Committee created to provide advice to the SocEnv’s Board and made up of our CEnv and REnvTech registrants, Honorary Fellows, Licensed Members and the wider environmental professional community. The meeting was praised by delegates for providing a fantastic platform to debate the environmental profession’s response to the Climate and Environmental Emergency, with insight provided from different sectors including the built environment, consultancy and Professional Body perspectives. To ensure SocEnv continues to provide a space for debate and good practice sharing, we will look to hold another Advisory Council event in the Spring of 2020.

As part of our climate action work, we have also co-founded the ‘Pledge to Net Zero’ initiative alongside AECOM, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and WSP. Signatories to the pledge commit to setting science-based targets to tackle greenhouse gas emissions – the first industry commitment of its kind in the UK. The deadline to pledge is 31st January – with more information available on the website https://www.pledgetonetzero.org/. A webinar is also taking place on the 16th January, providing a straightforward guide to help organisations make the pledge.

For 2020 and beyond, we will be working to channel the expertise of our CEnv and REnvTech registrants via a range of other activities, including:

 

 Thank you to all who helped make 2019 a success. We look forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead in 2020 – but in the meantime, best wishes for a great festive period from all at SocEnv! 

 

 

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October Chair & Chief Executive Update

Posted By Administration, 24 October 2019

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

 

 

Welcome to the Autumn update.

In our previous updates we have reported on the hugely positive governance review SocEnv has recently enjoyed. With a new Board taking responsibility for SocEnv’s governance, we have assured our registrants and wider contacts of our sound governance (more details on these changes can be found on our website).

In September, these changes reached full fruition with the holding of the first Board Strategy Away Day – in which SocEnv’s direction and priorities for the coming twelve months were set out.

SocEnv’s key focus remains on championing environmental competence through professional registration. Over the next year, our activities will therefore focus around channelling the expertise of our Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registrants to the maximum benefit of the environmental profession – and society as a whole.

Integral to this is maximising the role of environmental professionals in the response to the Climate and Environmental Emergency. The skills, experience and competence of environmental professionals is key if we are to successfully address the challenges in front of us – via the sharing of good practice and encouraging others to apply expert knowledge into action.

To facilitate SocEnv’s response we have established a separate Sub-Committee of the Board on “Climate” and the first meeting of our new "Advisory Council" – made up of our registrants, Honorary Fellows and Licensed Bodies – will be focused around the environmental profession’s response to the Climate and Environmental Emergency and will take place this December.

To ensure that environmental professionals can translate their competence into real impact, we are also currently surveying our registrants on their 'change agency' – exploring how much of a difference they feel they are able to make, including any barriers setting them back. In addition, we are conducting sector research into the experiences of employers – exploring how their sustainability skills requirements match up against the workforce, as well as the role of Chartership in ensuring staff competence. For more information on this research, please contact Sarah Ridgeon.

In our next update, we will be reporting back on our activity and further ways you can get involved. In the meantime, make sure to stay up to date with developments by following us on social media – you can find us on Twitter @SocEnv_HQ or as 'Society for the Environment' on LinkedIn. 

 

 

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