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Key contact

Sarah Ridgeon, Policy & Communications Officer | [email protected]

The Environmental Policy Forum (EPF)

Formed by a selection of professional bodies, the EPF is a by-invitation-only membership group established to provide the opportunity for collaboration, learning, dialogue and debate amongst professionals across the environmental disciplines. Through regular meetings, workshops and electronic media, the forum leads on the production of policy papers in order to influence environmental policy and its formulation and ensure that environmental sustainability is high on policy agendas.

The EPF is Chaired by Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), with the Society for the Environment acting as Forum Secretariat.

Find out more about the EPF, learn who the members are and view submissions:

Recent EPF activity

2022 priorities for the EPF are green skills, with considerable EPF representation on the new Green Jobs Delivery Group, and influencing the UK’s environmental targets consultation.

The EPF recently held a three-part event series, taking place immediately after the conclusion of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), exploring the ‘what next?’ question; how we, as professionals and organisations, can ensure that climate commitments decided at COP26 can be realised via tangible, science-based action and policy change. The series brought together organisations and professional bodies from across sectors to reflect, discuss and engage.

View the recordings via the EPF website:

EPF Events

Special interest task groups

Soils and Stones Task Group

Since the publication of the Soils and Stones Report earlier this year, we have continued to share the report far and wide with key influencers.

We are now focused on helping to achieve the report’s key recommendations (see pp.51 – 57 of the report) and have established a Programme Board and four key task groups to provide direction. A key part of our next steps will be feeding into the upcoming Soil Health Action Plan for England (SHAPE).

We have established the following task groups to focus on a number of key priorities, as follows:

  • Regulation and Governance Framework
  • Standards and training packages
  • Resource Framework (Materials Reuse)
  • R&D including Non-Soil Alternatives

Would you/ one or more of your members like to join one of these task groups or be involved in these next steps more generally? Get in touch with Sarah Ridgeon.

Soils and Stones | SocEnv Report Soils and Stones | UK Soils Hub

Supported initiatives

The Broadway Initiative

The Broadway Initiative is a platform for all sectors of the economy and society to work together on the frameworks, plans and partnerships needed to meet net zero emissions and wider environmental goals.

The Society for the Environment is a partner organisation for the Broadway Initiative and a signatory to key policy documents.

Visit the Broadway Initiative