I work in the BAS Environment Office alongside the Senior Environmental Manager and the Environmental Research and Monitoring Manager. Together we implement the organisation’s environmental policy to ensure that BAS science and operations have the minimum impact on Antarctica’s fragile environment.
To meet the requirements of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (1991) I co-ordinate the Environmental Impact Assessment process for all BAS projects and ensure that the appropriate science permits are obtained from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. As part of our legal obligation to remove all hazardous waste and rubbish from Antarctic stations and ships operated by BAS, I co-ordinate the disposal of this waste and manage our waste contract. An integral part of my role is to provide advice on general waste management to staff on our ships and bases.
I produce and maintain the BAS Oil Spill Contingency plans and provide training to minimise marine and terrestrial pollution should an incident occur. I also am responsible for the Environmental Management System ISO 14001 for BAS headquarters in Cambridge and the ships.
I represent the Environment Office as an Innovation Champion providing a link between the Directorate for Innovation and our team. The aim is to identify both internal and external opportunities to help improve environmental management across BAS.