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The Environment Council

The Environment Council is a 40-year-old, independent UK charity that actively seeks new ways to build sustainable solutions to the challenges facing society.

The Environment Council

By its nature, sustainable development requires people to consider often competing environmental, social and economic agendas. To deal with such complexity, they need an approach to decision-making that enables all those with a stake in the issue to consensually create sustainable solutions.

The Environment Council has pioneered the use of collaborative and interactive techniques to co-create and inform decision-making on sustainability issues. Given our experience and aspirations, we welcome the opportunity to employ a groundbreaking stakeholder methodology to introduce an ecosystem approach to holistic management of the Celtic Sea*.

Who do we work with?

We have conducted stakeholder engagement for the future of tidal power for the UK Sustainable Development Commission and have also supported WWF-UK to draft the UK Marine Bill. Other projects we are currently working on include:

  • Shell Brent Field Decommissioning
  • Environment Agency Incident Management Systems development- Aggregate Industries Global Reporting Initiative verification
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation Coastal Communities Adaptation, with Scott Wilson
  • Defra Environmental Limits Regional Strategies
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority National Stakeholder Group & Engagement Review

The Environment Council also works internationally, particularly within Europe. For example, we have worked with Cypriot government on implementation of the Water Framework Directive; and with WWF-UK to engage a wide range of high-level business stakeholders on the issue of personal mobility as part of the WWF-UK’s One Planet Business project.

What do we offer?

We offer a wide range of services for organisations who want to engage and work effectively with their stakeholders on environmental issues, including:

  • Evaluation. Evaluation of participation and decision-making processes enabling the collation of evidence of impact, increased transparency trust and accountability.
  • Research & Development. This includes developing stakeholder engagement guidelines for a variety of sectors, and researching different approaches, such as managing uncertainty.
  • Training, coaching and mentoring. Sharing skills and knowledge is a key component of our approach. We run public open courses or as bespoke in-house training courses.
  • Advice on engagement. We enable organisations to understand the context and motivations for engagement.
  • Corporate Leaders Programme. We work with the corporate sector to ensure the environment sits at the core of decision-making. In doing so, we provide support to build employees’ sustainability initiatives, foster dialogues with stakeholders and help companies implement effective engagement strategies.

* includes Western Channel

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