Contact Us

Getting our (native) ducks in a row

Event date: May 05, 2022

Missed the webinar? Watch again below.

RSK Biocensus FTC logo

Thursday 5 May 12:30–1:15

What needs to happen for BNG to be a success?

Since the Environment Act was passed in November 2021, the juggernaut that is biodiversity net gain (BNG) is very much picking up speed. However, while it is now very clear that BNG will happen, it is much less clear how it will be implemented, how the biodiversity offsetting market will operate and who will make sure that BNG achieves its goals (i.e., a clear reversal in biodiversity loss across England). In its recent consultation on BNG, which RSK Wilding has now formally responded to, Defra very helpfully set out some of the key issues involved with the process and its thinking on how these might be addressed in order to ensure success.

In this talk, Rich Prew and Mark Lang will summarise the key issues that arose from the consultation and what we in RSK Wilding think is required to resolve them. These will include

  • the resourcing shortfall in local planning authorities (which will be required to administer the process)
  • glitches and inconsistencies with the Defra Biodiversity Metric
  • the issue of ‘stacking’ of natural capital benefits
  • how species can be incorporated into what is currently a habitat-centric process
  • the clear need to ensure that the market in biodiversity credits is properly regulated and that only accredited practitioners can operate.

Rich and Mark will use examples from their own experience to illustrate where they currently have concerns and where lessons learned might help with the evolution of the BNG process. Finally, they will gaze into the crystal ball and set out how they see BNG evolving over the next two to five years. Will the process be working smoothly? Will there be enough habitat banks and offsetting sites to address the demand for biodiversity credits, both from developers and from corporations? Will rewilding have been so successful that the English will have regressed to become a nation of hunter-gatherers?

View our insights

RKS Biocensus First Thursday Club logo

DIGITAL SERIES

First Thursday Club

View more in this series

This webinar series is a monthly scientific, specialist-led webinar created and led by RSK Biocensus, which focuses on best practices relating to the natural environment and how these could affect RSK and external businesses.

VIEW MORE IN THIS SERIES

📢 Join us at the #WorldWaterTech Innovation Summit to discuss practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges faced by our water and wastewater systems.

🤝 Attend our Fireside Chat, where Siôn Brackenbury from RSK’s TerrAffix will be speaking on ‘Waste to Value: Advancing Resource & Nutrient Recovery'

We look forward to seeing you there!

#WaterSector #WaterIndustry #Innovation #Tech #Summit #Wastewater
...

🌎 As a global leader in the delivery of sustainable solutions, we won’t shy away from our role in the huge task the world faces – this has guided our growth over the last year.

💚 We strive for sustainability in all that we do and our commitment to this has been reaffirmed in our FY22 sustainability report.

Read more in our story!

#Sustainability #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #Sustainable
...

📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

@facaderemedialconsultants's team were on-site with a contractor in Bristol, progressing another Building Safety Fund project! 👏

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #construction
...

😮 Natural wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests: 35% of global wetlands were lost between 1970 and 2015, and overall, 85% have been lost since the 1700s.

💧 It's #WorldWetlandsDay, which aims to raise awareness of the vital role of wetlands for people and the planet.

💚 We need to change our mindset around these essential habitats and their importance.

#Wetlands #Environment #Environmental #Sustainability #Sustainable
...

💚 From carbon neutrality to net zero, many terms and key phrases are often used interchangeably to talk about sustainability.

🤔 But what do all these keywords and phrases mean?

Find out in our story!

#Sustainability #Environment #Sustainable #Environmental #NetZero #CarbonFootprint
...

📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

RSK Geophysics Michael Puntorno out on-site providing SafeGround service avoidance for @rskgeosciences as part of a site investigation next to the River Trent.

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #geosciences
...

🌎 As the scale of worldwide habitat loss becomes clear, the biodiversity crisis is gaining more attention on the global stage.

🌳 We asked green roof and ecology expert Dusty Gedge for his views on creating more sustainable urban landscapes.

Read more in our story!

#GreenRoofs #Biodiversity #Environmental #Environment #Sustainability #Ecology
...

Malcolm Croft is 86 years old and is still working hard at our @structuralsoils lab! 💚

Read his inspiring story in our bio!

#Inspiration #WorkCulture #EmployeeAppreciation #Employee #Inspiring
...