Written Evidence submitted by CL:AIRE (SH0072)

Organisation Introduction

CL:AIRE is a UK charity established since 1999, committed to providing services for all those involved in sustainable land reuse. It develops training resources and disseminates information on the cutting-edge of best practice and innovation.

There are three key areas of activity for CL:AIRE:

1. Improving Efficiency & Raising Standards

CL:AIRE works with industry, through its membership to identify, common problems in the field of sustainable land management. Using its extensive experience of developing industry-led initiatives such as the Definition of Waste Code of Practice (DoW CoP), it works with highly respected experts and government to develop solutions which are tested and critiqued by our Members to ensure they are fit for purpose.

CL:AIRE has a strong track record of carrying out industry relevant research projects, the findings of which are often used for the benefit of industry or fed into our initiatives.

CL:AIRE provides technical secretariat services for several industry wide programmes such as the National Brownfield Forum, the National Quality Mark Scheme and Sustainable Remediation Forum.

2. Supporting its Members

CL:AIRE has two types of Members: Supporters and Principal Members and CL:AIRE supports its members in a range of ways. We have liaised with these members in constructing this submission of evidence.

Our regular eAlerts keep them up to date with industry relevant news and events but also on the development of our industry initiatives.

Our Principal Members are given the opportunity to become directly involved in our industry-led initiatives by joining our working groups. Bringing the industry together is a core part of our membership scheme and we achieve this through regular informal networking events but also by using online social media discussion groups.

We help promote the good work and success of our members through these channels and we provide a webinar platform for members who have interesting projects or news they wish to share with the CL:AIRE Network.

CL:AIRE also has many University Members and works with them to raise the profile of the industry to the next generation of experts.

3. Sharing Knowledge & Developing People

Since the beginning, CL:AIRE has always had a focus on sharing knowledge throughout industry. We continue to perform this role in several ways including the development of the online Water & Land Library (WALL) which has become the primary and ever-growing location for relevant industry guidance and supporting materials.


CL:AIRE runs traditional classroom and online training events and courses. We develop guidance documents and materials to benchmark industry standards. We work with a number of international organisations to increase the reach of our outputs and the CL:AIRE network.


Evidence Submission

How can the Government measure progress towards its goal of making all soils sustainably managed by 2030? What are the challenges in gathering data to measure soil health and how can these barriers be overcome?

Do current regulations ensure that all landowners/land managers maintain and/or improve soil health? If not, how should they be improved?

Will the standards under Environmental Land Management schemes (ELMs) have sufficient ambition and flexibility to restore soils across different types of agricultural land? What are the threats and opportunities for soil health as ELMs are introduced?

What changes do we need to see in the wider food and agriculture sector to encourage better soil management and how can the Government support this transition?

What does the UK Government need to do to tackle other stressors on soil health such as soil contamination?


February 2023