UK associations launch consultation of environment professionals about potential BREXIT
ENEP’s President, Kristof De Smet travelled to London last week to meet with the Society for the Environment's new Chief Executive - Dr Emma Wilcox. Emma joined the Society in July 2015 from Energy and Utility Skills, where she was responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of the Energy & Efficiency Industrial Partnership. Off the back of a first successful six months, Emma underlined the importance of working together with all our partners and volunteers to further increasing the impact of the UK Chartered Environmentalist and Registered Environmental Technician qualifications. Emma was keen to emphasise the importance of working closely with Kristof and the ENEP executive committee to strengthen the engagement between our organisations and ensure SocEnv and our registrants continue to play an active role.
During the meeting they discuss the impact of the forthcomming referendum on UK membership of the EU on environmental professionals. Kristof congratulated the Society for Environment on its initiative to team up with ENDS to consult UK environmental professionals on their view ahead of the UK IN/OUT Referendum on it membership of the European Union.
Meanwhile, the online survey is designed to discover the views of environmental professionals on the EU itself, on the EU’s role in sustainability and environmental protection, and on environmental priorities depending on the referendum result. SocEnv invites members you to participate and get your voice heard. ENDS will analyse the results in a special report on the EU referendum and the environment to be published in May. Society for the Environment will gather environmental leaders to discuss the issues at an event before the referendum.
CIEEM and the IES are also engaged in providing input to the survey but have already consulted their members. CIEEM has received 841 responses from 4500 members surveyed so far (19% response rate) where CIEEM has sought feedback from its members over the EU policy making process being beneficial over and above the UK national dimension, beneficial to ecology sector, impact on companies, impacts on individuals. It will publish its findings in the next few weeks. Meanwhile IES has conducted a couple of consultations with a view to taking a position. ENEP will publish further updates from the UK associations as formal press releases and surveys are published in the weeks ahead.