Rising to the netzero challenge

We are all looking for practical ways to respond to the climate emergency. IEMA is frequently asked “How do I make a start, and what tools and guidance can I use?” and “How can I shift my organisation to real transformative change?”. Two recent initiatives are helping.

IEMA’s Climate Change and Energy Network has launched a Climate Action Toolbox (bit.ly/2S4xTSo). Compiled by professionals and comprising more than 50 entries, the aim is to signpost members to tools and guidance based on professional experience. Members can now use the toolbox, and we welcome feedback.  

In January, we helped launch ‘Pledge to Net-Zero’, supporting our sector to lead on delivering the transition to a net-zero carbon economy. The initiative is led by the Society for the Environment, IEMA, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, AECOM, the Environmental Industries Commission and WSP. Signatories commit to tackle emissions within their organisations, and to publicly report on their progress against this target each year. IEMA hosted the launch webinar, which provided information, advice and guidance. For our Guide to Pledging, go to bit.ly/2Ovk8KD. More than 30 organisations have now made the pledge at www.pledgetonetzero.org

Internationally, IEMA continues to influence developments. In November, I was delighted to be confirmed as chair of ISO’s Climate Change Coordination Task Force, working to finalise guidance on addressing climate change in ISO standards. 

As we build to COP26, IEMA and our Climate Change and Energy Network are planning a range of webinars and events. Any member can contribute to the quarterly network newsletters. Contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Nick Blyth, IEMA policy lead 


Nick Blyth is policy and practice lead on climate change and natural environment at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and is a full member of the institute. He has worked in senior and management roles in local government, consultancy and for the Woodland Trust.

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