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Women still only occupy 15% of STEM posts, though the gap is closing. Photograph: Sergey Nivens/123RF

Veolia highlights key role for women in STEM careers

On International Women’s Day, four women leaders in environmental services firm Veolia highlight challenges and progress made against the continuing gender gap on STEM careers

The government's new industrial strategy reveals opportunities in R&D for smart energy, nuclear, electric vehicles and dealing with skill shortages. Photograph: Dmitry Kalinovsky/123RF

Industrial strategy targets low-carbon skills and R&D in energy, transport FREE

The government’s new industrial strategy and research funding is set to boost environmental careers, particularly in smart energy, electric vehicles and nuclear power

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Minister leaves after five months in business role   FREE

Baroness Neville-Rolfe has been moved on after short tenure in BEIS following Christmas reshuffle in Lords

The department has hired 226 new members of staff so far in 2016. Photograph: Andriy Popov/123RF

DEFRA steps up recruitment drive amid Brexit staffing fears

The environment department has begun recruiting heavily as more reports emerge that it is one of the most under-resourced departments but also vital for a “successful EU exit”

At least 17% of DEFRA’s core staff body left through redundancy or voluntary exit schemes after the EU referendum was announced. Photograph: Steph Gray CC BY-SA 2.0

DEFRA ‘unprepared for Brexit’ after slashing staff in referendum run-up

At least a sixth of DEFRA staff left the department in the period before the EU referendum while remaining employees were forbidden from planning for a Leave result

Speakers at the Environmental Industries Commission’s annual conference highlighted the erosion of expertise across government. Photograph: Isabella Kaminski

Green business urged to plug Brexit policy capacity gaps

There is a “real opportunity” for environmental industries to drive good policymaking during EU discussions, but they must do more to make themselves heard

Steve Lee

Steve Lee: Setting the right course FREE

After 13 years at the helm, Steve Lee has stepped down as chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, but his commitment to the waste industry is as strong as ever, so he is not going far, he tells Conor McGlone

The UK's new industrial strategy must ensure a smooth transition to low carbon growth for all sectors, incuding energy intensive activities. Photograph: Manfred Muenzl/123RF

Holistic industrial strategy must avoid carbon lock-in

A new industrial strategy should ensure growth is compatible with the UK’s low carbon transition, overcome fragmentation of policy and deliver value in terms of skilled jobs, say stakeholders

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