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Environment Agency, United Kingdom


Acronym: EA

Country: United Kingdom

Role in CIRCLE-2: Contributing Partner



The Environment Agency (EA) is the leading public body protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It is responsible for the practical implementation of many aspects of EU and domestic environmental legislation. It is an independent agency of the government, set up under an Act of Parliament but is directly responsible to the government Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The EA's main objective is to provide a better environment for England and Wales and contribute to achieving the goals of sustainable development. This is achieved through environment management and regulation and also through educating, influencing and working in partnerships with others. The Agency's science strategy focuses on the acquisition, development and transfer of new knowledge to the Agency, to meet strategic and policy needs and to gain learning from best practice. A science programme with an annual budget of 18 Million EURO (~£16 Million) supports this strategy.

The work of the Environment Agency's Climate Change Science Programme includes:

  • Assessing the state of the environment and impacts of climate change;
  • Understand emerging probabilities of change;
  • Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and
  • 4 Integrating climate change actions.

EA provide evidence to inform Government on alternative energy and mitigation technologies.

EA has gained experience in the ERA-Nets SKEP, IWRM.Net, CRUE, and SNOWMAN and now participate in ERA-ENVHEALTH under FP7.

Key Personnel

photo Molly Anderson
photo Glen Watts