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What if… nature-based solutions provide the answer to both the climate and ecological crises?

About this event

The scientific consensus is clear – we are facing both a climate emergency and associated ecological crisis, which the UK is trying to tackle through a number of approaches, including the 25-year Environment Plan. As a global solutions provider, Jacobs is constantly looking for approaches which provide multiple benefits and maximise the sustainability and environmental value for its clients and stakeholders.

In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, Penny Borton, Associate Director (Natural Capital) at Jacobs, will explore the role natural capital approaches and nature-based solutions can play in meeting net zero carbon targets. Penny will be joined by Bruce Munro (Manager for the Environment Agency National Environmental Assessment Service in the North West region). Penny and Bruce will discuss the ongoing regional work which seeks to prioritise opportunities for carbon insetting and offsetting through identification of nature-based solutions. Wider environmental and societal benefits will be explored, with consideration of barriers, such as trade-offs, and solutions to overcome them.

Lead presenter:

Penny Borton, Associate Director (Natural Capital), Jacobs

Penny is a Chartered Environmentalist, an award-winning natural capital practitioner, and an interdisciplinary member of Jacobs’ Water and Environment team. She is a technical specialist in the field of natural capital and leads the company’s UK Natural Capital strategy. Penny is currently the technical lead on several natural capital projects for Transport Scotland and the Environment Agency. Alongside strong project delivery, she is a thought leader across the discipline, most recently providing editorial to The Environment magazine and showcasing pioneering social capital work at Flood and Coast 2019.


Bruce Munro, Manager for ‘National Environmental Assessment and Sustainability’ (NEAS) in the Environment Agency

Bruce leads the NEAS team in the Northwest, covering the two Environment Agency Areas of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, and Cumbria & Lancashire. His team's role is principally to support the delivery of the FCRM capital programme, ensuring flood risk projects protect and enhance the environment, deliver the Environment Agency’s sustainability ambitions, and the Areas’ capital programme leaves a lasting legacy for people, places and the environment.

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  • Guest speaker
    Penelope Borton Associate Director (Natural Capital) @ Jacobs

  • Team member
    Environment Analyst

  • Guest speaker
    Bruce Munro Manager @ Environment Agency National Environmental Assessment Service

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    Ross Griffiths Content Director @ Environment Analyst

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