The Environment Agency protects and improves the environment, making it a better place for people and wildlife. It operates at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives.
The Environment Agency reduces the risks to people and properties from flooding; makes sure there is enough water for people and wildlife; protects and improve air, land and water quality and applies the environmental standards within which industry can operate. Acting to reduce climate change and helping people and wildlife adapt to its consequences are at the heart of all that we do.
Government has given the Environment Agency a new role to provide advice and support to businesses and public sector organisations in England to help them adapt to a changing climate. The role builds on the work which was previously provided by UKCIP. It is a part of Government’s work to help businesses, communities and the natural environment be Climate Ready and prepare for the effects of climate change.
The Environment Agency is already one of the leading public bodies working to prepare for a changing climate. We are experienced in considering climate risks in our work to manage flood risk and coastal erosion, safeguard water resources and protect the water and wetland environment. The new service complements our existing roles and responsibilities and is part of Government’s work. In 2013, Government will publish its national plan for adapting to a changing climate (National Adaptation Programme) which will set out actions that need to be taken. For further information on the Government’s work, please visit Defra’s website.
The Environment Agency was a founder member of the LCCP and has been supportive in setting up related initiatives and projects in London. It has carried out the Thames Estuary 2100 Project which has produced a plan for managing flood risk in the Thames Estuary for the next 100 years, including developing a world leading adaptable approach that can cope with the uncertainty surrounding the rates of future sea level rise.
Tim Reeder (BSc, CSci, FCIWEM) is the Regional Climate Change Programme Manager in the South East Region of the Environment Agency. He has been involved in climate change issues for more than fifteen years and contributed to the IPCC 4th assessment report and the UKCP09 projections report. He was a founder member of the LCCP, steering the initial setting up of the partnership.
Tim set up the Built Environment theme for the new Environment Agency adaptation role. He was the Project Scientist for the Thames 2100 project, which looked at the future of the Thames Barrier and flood risk management in the Thames Estuary. He is also working with partners to help global cities adapt to the effects of climate change.
Bill is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Environmental Manager with extensive experience in the Environment Agency and its predecessor bodies. He has held a number of positions, in his earlier career specialising in flood risk management and subsequently managing teams carrying out regulatory roles protecting the water environment and regulating waste activities.
Bill is currently Strategic Environmental Planning manager in the London Environment Team. The team provides the evidence, advice and support to people and organisations on environmental matters across London. The team leads the relationship with the Mayor and his office, the Greater London Authority and other strategic London wide organisations whose activities impact on or help shape the environment of London.
Charlie is the Environment, Planning and Engagement Manager for the Environment Agency in London. The team works closely with London stakeholders and organisations to build strong, lasting relationships. Through early engagement and partnership working the team helps ensures London is a world class city with high quality environment for those who live, work and visit it. For further information see the Environment Agency’s partner page.