Environment & Sustainability Professionals Demand “Stronger Political and Corporate Leadership”
05 March 2018
News Release | IEMA
New Survey of Sustainability Professionals Reveals Rising Optimism, But Leadership On Environment, Sustainability and Climate Must Be Stronger During 2018
Cross Industry and Sector Collaboration Also Urgently Needed
Over Half of Practitioners Optimistic About Their Impact Despite Political Uncertainty
New research published today reveals that almost two thirds of the UK’s sustainability professionals (IEMA members) want to see evidence of stronger national political leadership on environment and sustainability issues in 2018. A third say more global action on delivering against the Paris Accord and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is also urgently required this year.
Global sustainability body IEMA has today released the results of its survey on what Environment & Sustainability Professionals believe should be top priority areas for action this year. 64% who of the 1,053 practitioners polled said they want to see far stronger demonstrable political leadership on tackling the "perfect storm" list of climate, energy, resource, pollution and long-term sustainability threats facing the UK. Half of the respondents said they want to see this leadership matched by business and industry at the front line of delivering against national and international targets.
As well as strengthened political leadership, 35% of professionals want to see evidence of more cross-profession, sector and industry collaboration on significant environment and sustainability issues.
IEMA’s CEO Tim Balcon said this morning that the action this group is demanding is justified against a backdrop of continued political uncertainty: "Environment & Sustainability professionals are subject to a wide and complex legislative framework in their day-to-day and long-term work. At the moment, that landscape seems more clouded and complex than ever, which is why these experts are demanding better and more clear leadership across the board."
"They need policy and legislative frameworks to be clearer, braver and go much further than they at present in addressing the several urgent environment and societal needs," he continued.
31% of IEMA’s poll respondents say that more global action on ensuring the Paris Accord targets can be achieved should be a priority for 2018, and 28% say they personally need more and better practical guidance on how they can contribute to tackling both day-to-day and long-term sustainability challenges.
Despite the scale of national and global uncertainty, optimism in the profession is rising. 56% say they are personally optimistic about tacking the challenges ahead - up 13% on the same time last year. 31% are somewhat indifferent and 10% say they feel "demoralised" and 3% aren’t sure.
To download the full IEMA survey, visit bit.ly/2CvsKYQ.
IEMA are a Licensed Body of the Society, enabling them to offer the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration to their members.