In 2023 a new aspect of the Environment Act – Biodiversity Net Gain - will come into force. It will require all land development schemes in England to deliver a mandatory 10% biodiversity net gain to be maintained for a period of at least 30 years.
This has obvious implications for developers, land owners, and firms looking to expand their operations as development proposals must “leave biodiversity in a better state than before”.
To discuss how this may impact members we are holding a webinar in September and are delighted to welcome an expert speaker from Natural England to answer member questions.
Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) is a rising priority for companies that wish to do good and deliver on consumer demand for sustainable business practices. Climate has rightly dominated the conversation due to the time frames in which action is needed to avert a severe climate crisis. Biodiversity has taken longer to build up momentum in the ESG landscape, despite its relationship with a healthy planet, climate and life support services.
This techUK webinar will be the first of many focused on nature and biodiversity. Members have expressed an interest in how they can promote biodiversity on their campuses, in their offices and on shared estates. This is not only for the intrinsic existence value of nature, but for the human well-being, economic and resilience value that incorporating a nature positive approach can bring.
Our guest speaker will cover:
The technicalities of the BNG legislation,
The biodiversity metrics that will be used to measure progress, and
Several tried and tested measures to promote a healthy local ecosystem around your workplace.
The format will be a presentation, followed by a discussion/Q&A section.
This free webinar will take place on the 30 September (14:00-14:45). Please register to secure your place.
Who should attend?
You should attend if:
Your company is building a new site or expanding an existing one in the next 18 months
You are interested in how you can adapt your business to be nature positive
You are interested in promoting biodiversity as part of CSR or climate commitments
Dr Nick White – Natural England
Nick works across Government (national and local), and with developers, NGOs, and academia to advance policy, practice, and standards around net gain (biodiversity, natural capital and environmental). The current focus of Nick’s work is the biodiversity net gain legislation, the biodiversity metric and biodiversity net gain standards and guidance. Nick is also working on the evolving approach to marine net gain.
Nick’s work explores how biodiversity, and the natural environment can contribute towards wider social and economic benefits. He has a strong interest in green infrastructure, especially in relation to urban areas and its ability to enhance wider (grey) infrastructure resilience.
Further resources on biodiversity net gain can be found here:
https://youtu.be/loDGyw_jh1s - animated video
Biodiversity Net Gain Brochure (blog.gov.uk) – BNG brochure
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Lucas Banach is Programme Assistant at techUK, he works on a range of programmes including Data Centres; Climate, Environment & Sustainability; Market Access and Smart Infrastructure and Systems.
Before that Lucas who joined in 2008, held various roles in our organisation, which included his role as Office Executive, Groups and Concept Viability Administrator, and most recently he worked as Programme Executive for Public Sector. He has a postgraduate degree in International Relations from the Andrzej Frycz-Modrzewski Cracow University.
Adam joined techUK in September 2021 working in the Climate, Environment & Sustainability Team.
Adam has a Masters in Climate Change: Science, Environment and Policy from King's College London, as well as a Batchelor's degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Kent.
The Environment Programme encompasses many different areas of the tech market and policy sphere. Climate change is the highest policy priority for the programme, with ethical resourcing, supply chain due diligence, build environment digitalisation and economic circularity becoming increasingly prominent in the programmes activities.
Before working at techUK Adam worked in the NHS. His interest in nature and conservation led him to going on several conservation projects abroad including Peru and Fiji, working with caiman and tropical fish. When Adam is not saving the planet, he is either playing music, at the gym or playing cricket in the summer.
Craig is Associate Director for Climate, Environment and Sustainability and leads on our work in these areas ranging from climate change, ESG disclosures and due diligence, through to circular economy, business and human rights, conflict minerals and post-Brexit regulation.
Prior to joining techUK he worked in public affairs and policy has an avid interest in new and emerging technologies. Craig has a degree in Ancient History from King’s College London and spends his time watching Watford FC and holding out hope for Half Life 3.
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