The lead administration for the Environment work sector is the UK Government.

Pollution, climate change, invasive species and other environmental hazards and threats do not respect borders making intergovernmental co-operation vital to protect and improve the environment across these islands.

The Environment work sector was established at the first British-Irish Council Summit in 1999 where it was agreed that the UK Government would lead.

There have been 15 meetings of BIC Environment Ministers. Ministers have discussed a very broad range of environmental topics throughout the history of the British-Irish Council including Sustainable Development, Marine, Waste, Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity.

On 23 March 2018, the British-Irish Council Environment work sector held its fifteenth Ministerial meeting, hosted by the Government of Ireland at Farmleigh House, Dublin. Ministers were welcomed by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Denis Naughten TD, on behalf of the Irish Government.

The meeting  focused on how the administrations can work together on climate adaptation, address Invasive Non-native Species (INNS) and approach the issues of food waste and recycling. The climate adaptation paper can be viewed here. It was agreed at this meeting that the future work topic of the BIC Environment group would be collectively addressing the marine environment.

The full communique can be viewed here.


Communiqués from Previous Ministerial Meetings

15th Ministerial Meeting- 23 March 2018

14th Ministerial Meeting - 4 November 2016

13th Ministerial Meeting - 15 October 2014

12th Ministerial Meeting - 7 September 2012

11th Ministerial Meeting - 25 February 2011

10th Ministerial Meeting - 15 July 2010

9th Ministerial Meeting - 17 April 2009

8th Ministerial Meeting - 1 February 2008

7th Ministerial Meeting - 26 July 2006

6th Ministerial Meeting - 7 April 2005