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Environmental Policy Forum (EPF)

The Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) is a network of UK environmental professional bodies promoting environmental sustainability and resilience for the public benefit.

The EPF’s member bodies collaboratively act on political developments to ensure that environmental sustainability is high on policy agendas. They have a collective membership of around 70,000 environmental professionals, many of whom are individually chartered in environmental practice, science and engineering disciplines.The EPF is Chaired by Will Pope of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), with the  Society for the Environment acting as Forum Secretariat. 


Recent Activity

Submissions to Consultations under the Resources and Waste Strategy: 

Reforming the UK Packaging Producer Responsibility system

Introducing a Plastic Packaging Tax

Introducing consistency in household and business recycling collections in England

Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland


Submission to the Defra Consultation on Biodiversity Net Gain: updating planning requirements

Submission to the EFRA and EAC Inquiry into the Scrutiny of the Draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill

Greening the Industrial Strategy Report

Submission to the Defra Consultation on Single Use Plastic

Brexit and Chemicals Legislation: A Briefing Paper

Letter to Secretary of State for the Environment re: White Paper on Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations


Current Areas of Interest

  • Net Gain
  • Resources and Waste
  • Environment Bill
  • Chemicals Regulation
  • Environment Bill
  • Agriculture Bill and Public Goods
  • Fisheries Bill
  • SuDS
  • Shale Gas


We are currently working on a refresh of our 2015 Environment: Priorities for the next Government document. The 2019 document will set out the areas to which we would like to see Government attention focused over the next five years. Any suggestions for content are gratefully received, and if you have a contribution you would like to make or suggest, please contact 


In addition to the Society for the Environment, the following organisations are currently involved in EPF activity: 


The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) is a membership organisation that represents professionals from fields as diverse as air quality, land contamination and education - wherever you find environmental work underpinned by science. A visionary organisation leading debate, dissemination and promotion of environmental science and sustainability, the IES promotes an evidence-based approach to decision and policy making.

The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting 5,000 ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad. Their Vision is of a society which values the natural environment and recognises the contribution of professional ecologists and environmental managers to its conservation.


The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is the leading professional body for the waste management sector representing around 6,000 individuals in the UK. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), is the leading independent Chartered professional body for water and environment professionals, promoting excellence within the sector.


The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is the membership body for more than 14,000 environment and sustainability professionals worldwide. They support individuals and organisations in setting and achieving globally recognised standards for sustainable practice, in turn driving the development and uptake of sustainability skills. They add value for members by providing the knowledge, connections and recognition necessary to lead change within organisations at all levels. They are independent and international. They apply the combined expertise of members to provide evidence and influence decision-making, working towards their vision of transforming the world to sustainability.

The Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) is an international organisation of people sharing a common interest in the modern management of recreational and commercial fisheries.

The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity working to promote the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its members, is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. The Landscape Institute provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers.

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography. They advance geography and support geographers in the UK and across the world.

The British Ecological Society is the oldest ecological society in the world. They were established in 1913 and have been fostering the science of ecology ever since. They have 6,000 members around the world and bring people together across regional, national and global scales to advance ecological science.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is the membership and awarding body for the environmental health sector. Our members work around the world, improving lives and demonstrating excellence across all areas of environmental health including food, public health, housing, environmental protection, and health and safety


Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

Society for the Environment
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