RSK COP26: Greening the blue chips

Binnies round table event: Delivering nature-based solutions – Cross-sector perspectives to enable a truly integrated sustainable approach

Addressing the room and the virtual attendees around the globe at the RSK COP26 opening session, Dr Alan Ryder, RSK Chief Executive Officer, said, “If society is going to tackle this climate emergency, every one of us has a role to play. We all have to get involved and it is not just about ‘blah, blah, blah’. It is about doing something, working together and working with others to make a difference.”

On 10 November in Glasgow, as part of the RSK COP26 event, Binnies welcomed water industry clients, representatives from the wider water and environmental sector, regulators and landowners to a round-table event on nature-based solutions. The session opened with a catalyst question to focus the group: “Where are the biggest opportunities to create a step change in business as usual practices in order to achieve our desired sustainability goals?” The group then split into smaller groups where four further questions were posed that sought to define the key challenges the water sector faces and the specific commitments needed from the sector to implement nature-based solutions.

Climate change is a global challenge and, in the UK, it has been made law that the country becomes carbon neutral by 2050. It is critical to align corporate goals with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the new Environment Act 2021 sets the direction for protecting and enhancing our natural environment. But how do we do this?

Adapting to the impacts of climate change while achieving our goals around carbon reduction is not going to be possible if we do not try to eradicate or at least complement traditional grey engineering with nature-based solutions. Only then will the water sector be able to meet sustainability goals through enhanced water quality and biodiversity, increased resilience against flood risk and pollution incidents, and wider benefits such as enhancing recreational areas for community wellbeing and wildlife.

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