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Managing our environmental impact

JNCC Environmental Policy

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) was originally established under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to handle science-based GB and UK international issues, JNCC was later reconstituted by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (NERC) 2006, as the forum through which the country nature conservation bodies (CNCBs) in England (Natural England), Northern Ireland (Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside), Scotland (NatureScot) and Wales (Natural Resources Wales), discharge their statutory responsibilities across the UK and internationally.

Given the devolved status of environmental policy, our statutory duties are at multiple scales of the four countries of the UK, the UK, our Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and internationally. We provide impartial, interdisciplinary scientific evidence and advice, fostering collaboration and building connected communities for nature conservation and recovery.

Biodiversity is in crisis around the world. Caused by changes in land and sea use, overexploitation, climate change, pollution, and invasive species, species and habitats are declining rapidly leading to damaged and dysfunctional ecosystem processes. In turn, ecological collapse is having significant and inequitable impacts on people’s security, prosperity, and wellbeing.

Our vision is thriving nature for a sustainable future. We commit to conducting our day-to-day business operations in a way that supports this vision and protects the environment. This is achieved through:

  1. Complying with all relevant environmental legislation and compliance obligations.
  2. Minimising environmental impact and preventing pollution across our business operations.
  3. Reporting on progress made in tracking and reducing our environmental impacts and meeting our environmental objectives.
  4. Working continually to improve our environmental management system and certifying it against the BS EN ISO 14001:2015 standard.

Our environmental objectives guide our path to delivering the above and enable us to support the UK Government’s ambition of net zero 2050.

All those working for, or on behalf of, JNCC have a responsibility to ensure that the commitments within this policy are met.

Dr Gemma Harper OBE, Chief Executive, JNCC

20 December 2023

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