Results from a poll carried out this week among the UK’s environment and sustainability professionals reveal concern about the way environmental issues could be addressed as part of infrastructure decision making if the UK leaves Europe, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) says.
Two thirds believe the way that environmental issues are taken into account in infrastructure decision making would be reduced or removed altogether.
Half of IEMA’s respondents say opportunities for the public and communities to engage in the decision making process on new infrastructure proposals that would potentially affect them would be reduced outside the EU. 43% think current engagement processes would be retained, with only 7% saying it would be enhanced.
“Whichever way the vote goes, it is essential that environmental issues continue to be factored into infrastructure decision making and that those potentially affected are given opportunities to participate”
Almost 1,200 members responded to the second of IEMA’s online polls to test views on different aspects of UK/EU environmental policy one month ahead of the EU Referendum on 23 June.
The majority of respondents (81%) believe that European laws and regulations are important in providing them with a framework for being able to deliver environmental protection and improvements.
Martin Baxter, IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor said: “Environment and Sustainability Professionals recognise the importance of EU policy and regulation in helping to drive environmental improvements.
“Whichever way the vote goes, it is essential that environmental issues continue to be factored into infrastructure decision making and that those potentially affected are given opportunities to participate.”