We take an interest in aspects of sustainable development where biologists, in the broadest sense, can make a contribution to the issues.

Our main activity in this area is through the Natural Capital Initiative. The Natural Capital Initiative and the Science Council held an evening event on 15 June 2009 on Sustainable Cities which explored the concept of ‘greening’ a city.  Details of further NCI events can be found at the events page

Here is a selection of our consultation responses on the subject of sustainable development.

6 June 2012
Rural Affairs and Green Food Project
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

7 December 2010
Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

30 October 2010
Invitation to shape the Nature of England
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

1 June 2010
Policy and Planning Statements on Planning for a Natural and Healthy Environment
Department for Communities and Local Government

22 November 2010
A new approach to biofuels
Nuffield Council on Bioethics

18 February 2010
Review of Energy 2010
Research Councils UK

22 September 2008
Towards Carbon Capture and Storage (with RSC and IoP)
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

25 April 2008
Greener homes for the future?
Environmental Audit Committee

27 March 2008
The use of science in Defra (with BES)
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee

19 September 2008
Renewable energy strategy
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

2 June 2008
Carbon capture and storage (with IoP and RSC)
Environmental Audit Committee

2 June 2008
Halting UK biodiversity loss (with BES)
Environmental Audit Committee

Further Information

POSTnote 370 Living with Environmental Limits January 2011

POSTnote 353 Renewable Heating March 2010

POSTnote 335 CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage June 2009

POSTnote 318 The Transition to a Low Carbon Economy  December 2008

POSTnote 315 Renewable Energy in a Changing Climate October 2008

POSTnote 306 Electricity Storage April 2008

POSTnote 290 Voluntary Carbon Offsets July 290