Environment Agency

Environment Agency was established to bring together responsibilities for protecting and improving the environment and to contribute to sustainable development. They seek to take an integrated approach in which we consider all elements of the environment when they plan and carry out their work. It allows them to identify the best environmental options and solutions, taking into account the different impacts on water, land, air, resources and energy. 

They have three main roles:

  • Environmental regulator – They take a risk-based approach and target their effort to maintain and improve environmental standards and to minimise unnecessary burdens on businesses.
  • Environmental operator – They are a national organisation that operates locally, working with people and communities across England and Wales to protect and improve the environment in an integrated way. Providing a vital incident response capability.
  • Environmental adviser and champion for the environment – They compile and assess the best available evidence and use this to report on the state of the environment. Using their own monitoring information and that of others to inform this activity, they provide technical information and advice to national and local governments to support their roles in policy and decision-making.

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