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Building knowledge and capability across the UK Civil Service

We are 8,500 civil servants, working together to tackle the biggest climate and environment questions within and beyond government.

Welcome

Our network is open to all UK civil servants, and since being founded in 2019, our mission is to grow climate and environment policy capability across the whole UK Civil Service. 

We do this though monthly events, podcasts, YouTube videos, blog content, and recently we hosted the first ever Civil Service Climate + Environment Conference.

We also work to affect positive change within the Civil Service, and are currently developing a climate and environment specialism to be embedded in the Policy Profession standards, as set out in the March 2023 Net Zero Growth Plan. 

Our senior sponsors are Lee McDonough, Director General for International Net Zero and Nuclear at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, and David Hill, Director General for Environment, Rural and Marine and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Civil Service Climate + Environment Conference, February 2023: Minister Jesse Norman (DfT), Minister Trudy Harrison (DEFRA), Minister Stuart (DESNZ), and Tamara Finkelstein, DEFRA Permanent Secretary. Photos owned by CSCEN.

Audience at the Civil Service Climate + Environment Conference 2023. Photos owned by CSCEN.

  • Environmental Careers: Robbie Fisher,  In search of my name – how I came down from the trees and became a fish!
    Environmental Careers: Robbie Fisher,  In search of my name – how I came down from the trees and became a fish!
    Mon, 04 Mar
    MS Teams
    04 Mar 2024, 13:00 – 14:00
    MS Teams
    Robbie Fisher Head of Domestic Fisheries Management in Defra charts his long career. Starting out as an apprentice on Tony Blair's ‘new deal’, Robbie Fisher has worked a wide range of jobs in his 20-year career in the Environment sector. Now head of Domestic Fisheries Management at Defra.
  • CSCEN March Talk: Unintended Consequences
    CSCEN March Talk: Unintended Consequences
    Wed, 20 Mar
    Microsoft Team
    20 Mar 2024, 12:00 – 13:00
    Microsoft Team
    This months talk covers environmental mistakes in the past, and lessons for the future. Removal of natural defences, zoonotic diseases, introduction of invasive species, mining and industrial waste, increased competition for resources resulting in more contact with wild fauna, and more.
  • CSCEN March Discussion Group: How can we learn from past environmental mistakes to inform future policy?
    CSCEN March Discussion Group: How can we learn from past environmental mistakes to inform future policy?
    Thu, 21 Mar
    Microsoft Teams
    21 Mar 2024, 13:00 – 14:00
    Microsoft Teams
    Join our exciting online panel discussion and Q&A where we will explore our past environmental mistakes and how we are shaping our collective futures. The panel event will take place 1-2 pm on March 21st.
  • HYBRID CSCEN Discussion April: How do we balance the need for infrastructure with climate and environment commitments?
    HYBRID CSCEN Discussion April: How do we balance the need for infrastructure with climate and environment commitments?
    Tue, 16 Apr
    London
    16 Apr 2024, 12:00 – 13:30
    London, 70 Petty France, London SW1H 9EX, UK
    Join our exciting in person panel discussion and Q&A where we will explore how to balance infrastructure with climate and environment commitments? We will explore a range of perspectives from large estates to sourcing sustainable materials.
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