Looking back on 2021

a singular snowflake

This year, our chemicals work included helping to assess the financial opportunity of a circular economy by removing hazardous chemicals from waste flows for ChemSec, conducting a socioeconomic assessment of restricting Dechlorane Plus (a flame retardant) for the Norwegian Environment Agency, and many more projects which will become publicly available in time.

Through our work on natural capital accounting, we contributed to the development of the BSI Standard on Natural Capital Accounting for Organisations and released a briefing note to take stock of natural capital accounting in the UK. Our applications of natural capital accounting in our work included helping to revise and update the Environment Agency’s natural capital register and account tool, identifying key areas for investment in natural capital in the Scottish Borders for Nature Scot, and the continued delivery of natural capital accounts for farms and estates, such as Cholderton Estate. We also continued to train others on natural capital accounting, such as starting the development of a natural capital accounting system in the Caribbean Overseas Territories with Darwin+ funding.

Meanwhile, we continued our valuation work, assessing the amenity value benefits of a deposit return scheme for Defra and revealing the £44-97 billion finance gap for UK nature for the Green Finance Institute.

We also advised on policy through our mapping of the UK’s species data pathway for the Cabinet Office, Ece’s appointment to the Environment Council of the First Minister of Scotland, and Rohit and Thea's appointments to the UK Health & Safety Executive's REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool.