This is our strategy for the next five years. It sets out how we – working with others – will bring pace and ingenuity to the challenge of a changing environment.
The big picture
A changing climate, a fast growing population, a global economic downturn, the urgent need to secure future supplies of energy and food. Combined, these forces put enormous pressure on the environment and threaten people’s ability to enjoy and be sustained by the world.
That’s why this strategy is the Environment Agency’s most important yet. It sets out our aims for the period to 2015 and describes the role we will play in being part of the solution to the environmental challenges society faces.
Taken as a whole this strategy is our contribution to sustainable development. We are writing this strategy at a time of economic uncertainty. We will continue to review our priorities and our ways of working to make sure we maximise the value for money we get from every pound we spend.
Our work helps economic recovery, for example, through capital projects, by promoting regeneration in our flood risk management work, through improving the quality of water, land and air and by reducing the costs of regulation to businesses.
We will also seek opportunities to help promote a low carbon economy and the creation of green jobs. And we will help businesses to save money through using resources more efficiently.