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Sarah Ridgeon, Policy & Communities of Practice Officer | [email protected]

Environmental Priorities for the next UK Government

Ahead of the UK General Election on 4th July, the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) is pleased to outline the environmental priorities the next government must implement with urgency during its time in office.

SocEnv is secretariat of the EPF and has coordinated the development of this publication, as well as being one of 12 supporters.

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Soils and Stones project

Background to the project

Since 2019, the SocEnv Soils and Stones project has brought together experts from across a diverse range of sectors related to soil health and soil reuse, to share good practice, support and influence policymakers and foster collaboration. Our volunteers are united by a clear vision: to inspire policy makers to remove barriers and to provide incentives for our profession to realise the optimum value of soils and stones.

Latest output

As of 3 June 2024, we’re delighted to share our brand new progress report for the project. Produced three years on from our initial, influential report, this new publication provides an honest assessment of progress achieved so far against the 2021 recommendations and provides a focus for our efforts over the next three years.

Read the report and our calls to action via the link below.

Open for new members

Would your members like to contribute to our project and collaborate with other experts?

Ideally volunteers should also hold Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration, though this isn’t essential. Indeed, involvement could support progression to CEnv registration through your professional body.

If you would like to express interest in getting involved, please get in touch with Sarah via the link below.

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Working to address the green skills challenge

In Summer 2023 the Environmental Policy Forum issued a green skills survey.

In 2024 we are working to deliver on the survey recommendations, centred around the following key priorities:

  1. Investment and incentives (calling on decision-makers to improve entry routes into green jobs, as well as investing in quality training provision).
  2. Educational outreach (sharing good practice on raising awareness of green jobs to those in education).

 

To express interest in getting involved in this work, please get in touch with Sarah below.

The survey findings in full Contact Sarah

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:

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.

Climate Initiatives

SocEnv are proud to one of the founding signatories and supporters of Pledge to Net Zero and the Professional Bodies Climate Action Charter respectively. Both these initiatives are aiding collaboration and helping to turn climate ambitions into tangible action through science-based targets, good practice sharing and thought-leadership.  

Find out more about these initiatives via the links below. If your Professional Body would like to get involved in these initiatives, get in touch with Sarah. 

Pledge to Net Zero Climate Action Charter Visit the Broadway Initiative Get in touch with Sarah