Balance of Competencies: Presentation and Deadline

Defra / DECC "Balance of Competencies" Presentation
Defra / DECC “Balance of Competencies” Presentation

In a recent article posted on the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessments LinkedIn page, I urged environmentalists to consider the”Balance of Competencies” promoted by defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change).

Maybe to stimulate greater interest in the subject of the “Balance of Competencies” is difficult against the background of all the other daily sustainability and environmental activities that occupy the typical environmentalist.

However, I suggest that the “Balance of Competencies” will have far greater implications on the environmental landscape over the next five years that any other single issue.

It has the capability of affecting the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union and could form part of the referendum for a potential withdrawal being discussed in Parliament as James Wharton’s private members bill – see

As an update for IEMA members and readers of this blog, I have been given access to the presentation used in the workshops held around the UK over the past weeks, which gives a further appreciation of the discussions. A copy of the presentation used in the workshops can be found at

Don’t forget that the deadline for the consultation is 12 August and comments can be made on-line at

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