The climate emergency is bringing challenges to the places we live and work like never before.
By 2050, summer temperatures are set to be up to 7.4˚C hotter, there will be 59 percent more winter rainfall, and by 2100, once-a-century sea level events are expected to be annual events.
This acceleration of change will touch every aspect of our lives. Managing it successfully is essential to the country’s green economic recovery.
The Environment Agency is the key delivery body to help the Government realise the ambition of the 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution, and show the world at COP 26 that the UK Government walks the walk in tackling the climate emergency.
Our regulation reduces emissions on the road to net zero, we are preparing for climate shocks like flood and drought by helping the country adapt, and we are enhancing nature.
This year, we completed the Government’s six year flood programme protecting 300,000 homes, nearly 600,000 acres of agricultural land, thousands of businesses and major pieces of infrastructure.
Despite the pandemic we completed this major infrastructure project on time and on budget.
We are setting an example with our own commitment to Net Zero by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the industries we regulate:
In the 2 years between January 2017 and December 2018, the Climate Change Agreements the Environment Agency administers saved the equivalent of the energy needed to supply over 2 million homes a year.
Our regulatory and environmental work also protects water, air and soil.
We are looking for three new people to join the Environment Agency Board.
In particular, we are looking for candidates with experience in one of two areas:
- flood and coastal erosion risk management, including civil engineering and/or local infrastructure delivery; or
- land management (rural and urban).
We want members of the Environment Agency Board to be advocates for environmental sustainability and for climate resilience.
We want people who can question and challenge constructively, who bring diverse views, and who can influence others and find solutions. The Environment Agency is committed to having an inclusive culture. We have an ambition to be the best employer for equality, diversity and inclusion in the country.
We want people who can question and challenge constructively, who bring diverse views, and who can influence others and find solutions.
The climate is changing, our thinking and work must be one step ahead of that.
If you like the sound of that challenge, we would love to hear from you.
The advert is now live on the Government’s public appointments website here. The closing date for applications is 2 June 2021.