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Environmental Stewardship Group launches to help meet climate challenge

Organisations operating in the cremation, burial and cemetery fields have joined forces to launch a new group to address the environmental challenge of the years ahead.

On 1 March 2021 the bereavement sector saw the launch of the Environmental Stewardship Group – a collaboration between the Cremation Society of Great Britain, the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities and the CDS Group.

Drawn together to provide a lead in the sector in addressing the challenges brought about by the climate emergency, the ESG will focus on bringing all aspects of this diverse sector together to help create a road map to meet the challenges ahead.

The launch benefited from representatives across the Government sector, owner operators both public and private, funeral directors from groups and independents, as well as suppliers and academics.

All were given an excellent overview of the climate emergency and the impact upon the UK, as well as some revealing facts and figures which will have a direct impact for everyone in the sector. The group was grateful to Environment Agency vice-chair Richard Macdonald and Lee Rawlinson the Director of Regulated Industry, again from the Environment Agency, for their excellent contributions and encouragement.

The next phase in the ESG activity will be through a series of virtual round table events and the dates and times for these are to be found at

The presentation and slides are available from

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