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Ecosystem Assessment Framework consultation

In March 2013 the Ecosystem Markets Task Force (EMTF) presented 22 recommendations to the Secretaries of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Business, Innovation & Skills and Energy & Climate Change[1]. The Government is committed to responding to these recommendations.

BRE, through the development of a new assessment framework is aiming to support the implementation of six of these recommendations:

  • Encourage biodiversity offsetting (recommendation 1)
  • Nature-based certification and labelling (recommendation 4)
  • Promotion of woodlands as a carbon sequestration device (recommendation 6)
  • Environmental bonds (facilitating capital markets) (recommendation 7)
  • Streamlining the mainstreaming of standards and metrics (recommendation 21)
  • Enabling business opportunities to enhance nature (recommendation 22)

The Ecosystem Assessment Framework will build on the lessons from the well-established and robust BREEAM[2] environmental assessment method for the built environment and provide a mechanism through which schemes and projects can be recognised, compared and developed.

The new Ecosystem Assessment Framework will support the “Grown In Britain” agenda[3] through encouraging investment in UK based ecosystem schemes and projects by providing transparency and comparability whilst supporting individual businesses to meet and report on their Corporate Social Responsibility ambitions.

The consultation is now closed to submissions

BRE are now in consultation with stakeholders about the concepts and principles that should be applied to such a framework.

Feedback will be posted here soon

Feedback from the consulation exercise will be published here sortly

[1] Ecosystems Market Task Force. (2013). Final report. Retrieved from http://www.defra.gov.uk/ecosystem-markets/files/Ecosystem-Markets-Task-Force-Final-Report-.pdf

[2]Building Research Establishments Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a broad assessment framework covering the built environment from master-planning at the community scale to the in use performance of individual buildings. Retrieved from http://www.breeam.org/

[3] Grown in Britain. (2013) Final report. Retrieved from http://www.growninbritain.org/documents/Final-Report.pdf

Image of Red Admiral butterfly courtesy of James Barker