Member Profile

Environment Agency

Address

Horizon House
Deanery Road
Bristol
Avon
United Kingdom
BS1 5AH

Membership Type

Regulatory Partner

Telephone

0370 8506 506

Stakeholder Group

Asset Owners, Regulators

Product/Service Category (where applicable)

Nature of business

We are an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Our principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. We play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government through our functions and roles.

Details of business

The Environment Agency is divided into six regions - South East, South West, Midlands, Anglian, North West and North East - each of which has a Regional Office, run by a Regional Director. They support the area offices and help co-ordinate their activities.

We are responsible for protecting and improving the environment of England and Wales. We also have responsibility for protecting communities from the risk of flooding and managing water resources.

We have 12,163 employees and an annual budget of more than £1.3bn a year.
We are a public body - around 70% of our funding comes from government, and most of the rest comes from various charges schemes. We are independent, but we work closely with the government to get the best possible results for the environment.
Although we work across England and Wales, we have regional offices working closely with other regional bodies to develop the right solutions for local environments. We also have area offices working with local authorities and others to tackle the immediate environmental issues in your area.

Our work includes:

Protecting people from flood
Working with industry to protect the environment and human health
Concentrating our effort on higher risk businesses - those that run potentially hazardous operations, or whose performance just isn't coming up to scratch
Helping business use resources more efficiently 
Taking action against those who don't take their environmental responsibilities seriously - every year we bring hundreds of offenders to justice, leading to millions of pounds of fines.
Looking after wildlife - we complete around 400 projects every year to improve the places where threatened species live.
Helping people get the most out of their environment, including boaters and anglers. We sell over a million rod licences a year, many to young people coming into the sport for the first time. All the money we raise goes straight back into improving the places people fish.
Working with farmers to build their role as guardians of the environment, tackling pollution we cannot see as well as adding to the beauty of the countryside.
Helping to improve the quality of inner city areas and parks by restoring rivers and lakes.
Influencing and working with government, industry and local authorities to make the environment a priority.


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