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Building knowledge and capability across the UK Civil Service

We are 9,000 civil servants and public servants, working together to tackle the biggest climate and environment questions within and beyond government.


Our network is open to all UK civil and public 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.

  • CSCEN Discussion Group June: The UK’s role in the polar regions
    CSCEN Discussion Group June: The UK’s role in the polar regions
    Tue, 25 Jun
    25 Jun 2024, 13:00 – 14:00 BST
    Join our exciting discussion on the UK’s role in the polar regions. We'll hear about the exciting work and careers of people from the Polar Regions Department FCDO. 1-2pm 25th June.
  • CSCEN June Talk: Green Careers
    CSCEN June Talk: Green Careers
    Wed, 26 Jun
    Microsoft Teams
    26 Jun 2024, 12:00 – 13:00
    Microsoft Teams
    Join us this month to chat to, and learn from, three civil servants who have had successful and varied careers within the climate and environment space in the UK Civil Service.
  • CSCEN Off-Shoots - In Conversation with Prof. Dieter Helm
    CSCEN Off-Shoots - In Conversation with Prof. Dieter Helm
    Tue, 09 Jul
    MS Teams
    09 Jul 2024, 11:30 – 12:15
    MS Teams
    We’re joined by Sir Dieter Helm to discuss his new book Legacy: How to Build the Sustainable Economy.
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