2021 Member Pledges

Our members work for a wide range of employers in many varied roles, from surveying and analysing field data to authoring environmental policy and best practice. Our members are in a prime position to be at the forefront of operational change at every level, and more broadly, be visible champions for change in wider society. As ecologists and environmental managers who are protecting and enhancing the natural environment, we need to be more aware of how we can reduce our own operational impacts, and the opportunity that we have to be role models for others.

In January 2021, we will gather below a list of our members that have pledged to take action in 2021 to address the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, either as individuals or as organisations.

Pledges to date:

John Box CEcol CEnv FCIEEM(rtd.) has pledged to calculate the household carbon footprint and find a suitable credible nature-based offsetting scheme in 2021.

Simon Cope MSc MCIEEM – Simon has recently become involved in helping to write the agricultural and sustainable land use policy for the Liberal Democrat Party in Montgomeryshire and, as chairman of the local bat group and a participant in the NRW Mid-Wales Area Statement development group, he has proposed a project to find the roosts of rare bat species and provide advice and funding for sympathetic land management in the surrounding area (within the core sustenance zone for maternity roosts for example). Simon is also part of a village community woodland group, and will be helping to plant nearly 700 trees this February on various scraps of land that local people have donated for the cause.

Paul Whitby CEcol MCIEEM, The Ecology Co-op –

1. To only use a 100% renewable energy supplier
2. To offset all fuel used for all journeys by staff and subcontractors through Forest Carbon.
3. To limit journeys by using staff and subcontractors local to projects where possible
4. To continue to upgrade our fleet with electric and hybrid vehicles where possible (currently 1 electric van and one plug-in hybrid SUV)
5. To push for new ways to reduce the carbon impact of projects we work on through measures such as subsoil management.
6. To be a net zero carbon emitter as a business.