Our Member’s Action 2030 Pledges

The graph below shows the number of pledges we have received to date* from members, non-members and the CIEEM Secretariat as part of our 2022 member pledge campaign which aims to encourage action to address both the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. A full list of the individuals who have signed up to each pledge can be found at the link below.

See our member’s pledges

*This graph is updated regularly. Last update: 12 August 2022


Pledge 1: Record a baseline carbon footprint and develop a Carbon Reduction Plan to reach net zero by 2030, either as an individual/household or working with my organisation/team.

Pledge 2: Develop a scheme, with targets and a timescale, to increase sustainable transport use for work or encourage my employer to develop a scheme.

Pledge 3: Support carbon reduction/certified offsetting projects that utilise the full suite of carbon-rich habitats, created and restored in areas that are suited to their edaphic and climatic requirements and which simultaneously restore biodiversity. Record the hectares of which habitat you have supported. How many tonnes of carbon per hectare, per year is this expected to sequester?

Pledge 4: Ensure when creating or restoring habitats that I/my team minimise carbon losses and maximise carbon gains whilst delivering biodiversity benefits. Record the hectares of different habitats I have supported.

Pledge 5: Ensure when creating or restoring diverse habitats that other ecosystem services benefit as far as possible. Record effective outcomes in terms of hectares and specific ecosystem services, for example by using an Environmental Net Gain or natural capital approach.

Pledge 6: Create a waste and resource use reduction plan, with targets and a timescale, for myself or in collaboration with my organisation to reduce the volume of waste to landfill and water/energy use.

Pledge 7: Work with stakeholders and others to develop ideas and recognise strengths in their areas of influence, to encourage them to take action to protect/enhance biodiversity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and positively benefit wider ecosystem services.

Pledge 8: Undertake a local project/action to raise the profile of the inter-related nature of the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, for example by engaging with your MP/Local Authority, or supporting a local nature partnership.

Personalised pledges

David Lowe MCIEEM (Warwickshire County Council): Warwickshire County Council pledges to work with partners to invest in Natural Capital to deliver both Biodiversity Net Gain and Climate Change objectives.

Sally Hayns CEcol FCIEEM, CIEEM CEO and Fellow: Implement carbon reduction activities within our household covering our use of energy, materials and car use. Lest lead by example and then find opportunities to advocate action amongst neighbours and friends.

Gillian Anne Christie MCIEEM(rtd): I pledge to do use every avenue open to me to work on a local, regional, national and international level in order to include ecological/environmental education when discussing/debating issues concerning the necessity to bring people and nature into harmony. Including working with local groups and authorities on issues such as waste, habitat protection and enhancement and reading the landscape/topography when it comes to flood prevention and air pollution. Working with nature within development arenas, instead of against it.

Sophie Moy: Ensure that plants, seeds and materials for habitat creation schemes are sourced locally.

Titus T. Thomba (non-member): Introduce innovative urban agriculture technologies (EbAp) that help reduce emissions into the atmosphere and that reduce the runoff of agro chemicals. Aeroponics as one of the approaches.

Sally McColl MCIEEM: I have set up an Environmental Working Group at my current place of work to review what sustainable practices are already being untaken and to look for areas of improvement. We will work with directors to create a plan for implementing positive sustainable changes within the organisation.

Robert Fennelly CEcol MCIEEM: Seeded yellow rattle (DAFM certified Irish) in my garden to reduce Grass growth and promote native naturally establishing flora. Increasing native woody species in my garden by planting 4 native grown species (strawberry tree, guelder rose , wild privet, alder blackthorn ).

Ellie Strike CEnv MCIEEM: I have two perspectives on my pledge: 1. What I do in my personal life 2. What I do in my professional capacity 1. What I do in my personal life I will continue to actively educate my children on the need to be environmentally conscious. I will support my daughter in her role as an ‘Eco Counsellor’ at her primary school, to raise awareness and encourage environmental action in our youngest, and arguably most important recruits to the movement. We will continue to take part in local action to improve our environment, through litter picks, and local biodiversity initiatives, and by getting involved in local planning matters to influence the environmental outcomes. We will continue our efforts to be an environmentally conscious household, by making informed decisions about our purchases, and by reducing the need for waste, and by re-using and recycling more waste than that which goes to landfill – making full use of local re-cycling initiatives and donating pre-loved items to causes that maximise social and environmental benefits. We will also reduce our energy consumption and try to find ways of reducing our carbon footprint through travel, by making better use of public transport. 2. What I do in my professional capacity Leading on internal communications and engagement for part of the Environment Agency means I am well placed to maximise opportunities for messaging that supports awareness raising and encourages others to take action. I am committed to finding more ways of linking up with others and making this happen more, and better! Through my work with CIEEM I will actively promote all aspects of our work to drive improvement across the sector, and to encourage others to make ambitious pledges that have multiple benefits. Focussing on my career development, I will actively seek out roles that support my development, whilst allowing me to better influence the climate and biodiversity agenda to achieve positive outcomes.

Professor Max Wade CEcol CEnv FCIEEM: Work towards a more ecologically integrated approach with specialists working together to optimise sustainable outcomes in local commuity and work activities and projects.

Paul Goriup CEcol CEnv FCIEEM: Upgrade my existing air source heat pump to a more efficient model.

John Box CEcol CEnv FCIEEM(rtd):  I will offset the unavoidable residual carbon emissions from my house and car following the CIEEM Offsetting Principles. These emissions will continue to decline due to substitutions and reductions in my energy use from fossil fuels. I will advocate action by my friends and neighbours.

Jason Reeves CEnv MCIEEM: I will implement new carbon reduction activities within my household, including reduce energy and water use, reduce car use, reduce food waste, and reduce household meat and dairy consumption. I will advocate action by my family, friends and neighbours.

Claire Smith CEcol CEnv MCIEEM: I will continue my commitment in raising awareness on biodiversity both within my professional and personal environment. Leading by example, I will continue to actively encourage everyone within and outside our organisation to make their own contribution (how little or small) to achieving positive outcomes for biodiversity and maximising as many opportunities as possible!

Graham Morgan CEnv MCIEEM: My core work/that of my company is to increase the number of existing small woodlands that are under favourable management; thereby increasing woodland resilience, woodland condition, biodiversity and delivering a range of other ecosystem service benefits. To demonstrate this we will record a) the number of hectares of woodland that I/my company have helped move into favourable management b) record the number of Forestry Commission-approved Woodland Management Plans and/or felling/thinning licence that I/my company have helped to obtain for woodland owners/managers; c) record the positive change in ecosystem service benefits provided using a simple natural capital approach/environmental net gain approach.

Sofi Lloyd, CIEEM Action 2030 group member: To publish details of how to start a carbon reduction and biodiversity enhancement plan from home as a family and use it to lengthen the journey through our careers and communities.

Ro Scott CEnv MCIEEM(rtd): My pledge is to replace my 20-year old diesel VW Golf with an electric car and charge it, as far as possible, from my existing photovoltaic panels and battery system. Today I have made a start and bought a second-hand Nissan Leaf.

Chantae Wells: 1) I pledge to reduce my carbon footprint by driving less and walking more where possible. I will not use my car for any distance that can be walked safely within 45 minutes. 2) I pledge to eat less meat this year. I will aim to have a maximum of two meals per week that contain meat. Furthermore, I will aim to have at least one vegan meal per week.

Stuart Parks, Head of Membership and Marketing, CIEEM: As an organisation CIEEM is doing plenty to tackle operational reductions, so I’ll make a personal pledge to tread more lightly through lots of simple actions, including: – diet: stay meat free and significantly reduce dairy consumption. – shopping: minimise packaging waste by using refill shops and reduce food miles by shopping locally for locally sourced produce where possible. – household: going to start capturing some pesky microfibres in the wash. – holidays: committing to only visiting places by car or train and offsetting any petrol miles. – locally: volunteering with the LA ecologist to support the local conservation group. Some of this I already do, but could be more strict, and the rest is turning ‘I should’ into ‘I will’.

Piran Borlase-Hendry MCIEEM: I pledge to act as the lead for biodiversity improvements for my employer, specifically: – Develop and deliver a Nature Recovery Plan for the AWE estate and operations; – Demonstrate that AWE has integrated biodiversity considerations into all relevant service areas and functions by working towards the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark and ensuring all developments achieve at least 10% Biodiversity Net Gain; – Raise staff awareness of biodiversity initiatives; – Protect and enhance tree planting and woodland cover through compensatory planting when trees are felled, through landscape schemes for new build developments, and by extending the recording of ancient and veteran trees; – Increase the area of pollinator-friendly habitat by extending the reduced mow initiative by 5000m2 this year to a total of 20,000m2; – Develop a Natural Capital Register for AWE.

Mohamed Sabreen: Single use to be reduced. 

Nnedimma Adum (non-member): Encourage the young ones on the need to take courses in environment.

Annie Robinson, CIEEM Scotland Project Officer: I pledge to plant 10+ trees along our field boundary principally Scots pine to increase habitat for Red squirrels. Also, continue to increase floral diversity for pollinators.

John Taylor MCIEEM: Install a 5kw solar system and heat pump to replace oil central heating at home by the end of 2022

Dr Annie Say MCIEEM: To continue to work to increase biodiversity in our garden and to look after the trees we have planted. We will continue to implement our plan over the next months and years.

Dr Dorian Latham CEnv FCIEEM: Grow at least 50 trees a year. Establish these until they are ready to plant out. In addition, help schools and other educational institutions establish hedges on their lands.

CIEEM Secretariat Team Pledges

The CIEEM membership team pledges to reduce the impact of our member communications, whether digital or hard copy, by printing less, sending less and switching to digital options where practicable.

The CIEEM Office, Finance & Volunteering Team will be looking at ways to reduce the carbon impact of our website. We have recently commissioned a review of how we might do this and will now look to implement recommendations. 

The CIEEM Professional Development team pledge to reduce the amount of paper and printing for events

  • Training courses – previously for an in-person training course, the trainer would print out a paper feedback form which delegates would fill in at the end of the training session and hand back to the trainer. The trainer would then post the forms and a cover sheet to CIEEM. Going forwards, to reduce the printing and use of paper, the trainer will be sent a QR code that delegates can then scan at the end of the course to fill in the form. If the QR code doesn’t work eg no internet signal on site, then as a backup, we will email all the delegates the link so that they can fill in when back home/in office. This will help save lots of printing for trainer and save paper and postage. It will also streamline this part of the training programme admin process and bring this into a similar process that we already adopted for our online training courses.
  • Conferences – for our conferences, we have already started to print fewer conference booklets for delegates to use on the day. Going forwards, we will be producing digital booklets (pdfs) for all conferences and also utilise the Cvent app for our in-person conferences. This will be implemented immediately and save paper and printing for future conferences.
  • The Professional Development team are looking at how we can make our events more sustainable. As part of this we will be developing our own Sustainable Events Policy that we will share with the rest of the CIEEM Secretariat.