Survey by The Environmental Services

Solutions Expo Reveals Concern Over Government Net Zero Goals
The survey revealed a lack of confidence in the Government’s ability to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050

The National Environmental Services Survey unveiled a startling statistic: just 11% of environmental services professionals in the UK believe that the Government will meet its goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This concerning finding, among others, sheds light on the urgency for accelerated action and collaborative efforts to combat climate change.

The Survey, conducted in collaboration with experts and stakeholders nationwide, provides a comprehensive examination of the nation's most pressing environmental concerns. Through extensive data collection, valuable insights, and unique perspectives, the survey aimed to gain a deep understanding of environmental challenges and drive effective solutions.

You can access the full report here.

Among the survey's key findings was the surprising statistic revealing the lack of confidence in the Government's ability to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Environmental professionals, who possess critical knowledge and expertise, express concern regarding the ambitious goal set by the Government. This finding highlights the imperative for enhanced efforts and collaboration to address climate change and transition towards a sustainable future.

The National Environmental Services Survey also uncovered insights that underscore the challenges faced by the environmental sector. Funding limitations, rising costs, budgetary pressures, and the current economic situation emerged as prominent obstacles. These hurdles must be addressed to ensure the continuity of environmental initiatives driving meaningful change.

Additionally, the results highlighted greenwashing as the aspect most environmental professionals would like to change within the sector. Greenwashing is the act of a company using advertising and PR to appear more environmentally sustainable than it really is. This finding emphasises the importance of transparency and genuine sustainability efforts to build trust and create lasting environmental impact.

Encouragingly, 80% of organisations surveyed either have or plan to implement a net-zero strategy. This demonstrates a widespread commitment to tackling the climate crisis and transitioning towards a greener, more sustainable future, within the environmental services sector.

Environmental professionals, stakeholders, and the wider community are invited to actively engage with the survey results at the Environmental Services & Solutions Expo (ESS) on 13-14 September at the NEC, Birmingham.

The survey's results will take centre stage at ESS, the largest gathering of environmental professionals in the UK, welcoming 12,000+ visitors to share best practices, hear from environmental leaders, and collectively shape the future of the planet.

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About ESS

The Environmental Services & Solutions Expo (ESS) is the UK's leading and largest event dedicated to the environment. Over two days, the event and it's visitors showcase cutting-edge technologies and strategies in net-zero, decarbonisation, resource management, circular economy, water scarcity and management, biodiversity conservation, and environmental emergency response. Attracting over 12,000 international visitors, the trade show unites industry pioneers, visionary entrepreneurs, and eco-driven professionals to collaborate, learn, and inspire one another towards a greener future. The National Environmental Services Survey was conducted by ESS. ESS is organised by ROAR B2B.

About ROAR B2B  

ROAR B2B is a visionary events company that puts people at the centre of today's most topical, growing and engaged industry sectors. With offices in London and Bristol, we're dedicated to delivering sustainable sector-leading events which bring people together to build content, customer-centric community and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate meaningful connections and conversations that lead to business growth and industry advancement.