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CIWM, ESA, and Groundwork collaborate on survey to drive UK's environmental strategies

Leading industry organisations the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and Groundwork are calling on UK environmental professionals to participate in the annual National Environmental Services Survey 2024.

The 2024 survey dives deep into current practices, challenges, and evolving attitudes towards critical environmental issues facing the sector, covering areas like net-zero goals, pollution control, biodiversity preservation, and achieving sustainable development. It will gather valuable data that will be instrumental in shaping both industry policies and the national conversation on environmental sustainability.  

To capture both general trends and specific insights, the 2024 edition features a series of standardised and personalised questions, ensuring the most relevant and impactful findings on the progress made and shifting attitudes from the past year.

Last year, the National Environmental Services Survey 2023 examined the nation’s most pressing environmental concerns and found a low confidence in the government's net-zero goals and a call to tackle greenwashing. Additionally, it identified funding deficits and economic strains as prominent obstacles confronting the environmental services industry.

Commenting on the National Environmental Services Survey 2024, Rob Mowat, Managing Director of ESS Expo, the organisation spearheading the annual initiative, said: “The UK environmental services sector is making considerable progress towards its net-zero goals and championing sustainability, and we can’t afford for this to decelerate. This survey will help us shape future practises and policies that are anchored around environmental services sector professionals. We encourage all members of the sector to participate in this survey to vocalise experiences, learnings, and opportunities to shape a greener future.”

The findings from the survey will be submitted to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Environment Agency, with the intention that the insights gathered will directly inform and help shape UK environmental policies.

Completing the survey takes less than 10 minutes and the deadline for contributions is 24 May 2024. To participate in the National Environmental Services Survey 2024, visit here. 



About CIWM:
CIWM (the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing over 6,600 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Established in 1898 - and now in its 125th year - CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues.

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