The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) provide the public with access to environmental information held by public authorities in two ways:

  • public authorities must make some kinds of environmental information available proactively
  • members of the public are entitled to request environmental information from public authorities.

The Environmental Information Regulations cover any recorded information that relates to or affects the environment, held by public authorities, including the British Council.

Any person, anywhere in the world can request information. 

Requesting environmental information

You can make a request under the Environmental Information Regulations:

If your enquiry concerns other aspects of our work, you should instead submit a freedom of information request

If it concerns personal data about you, submit a subject access request.

Environmental information we publish proactively

Environmental management

The Environmental Management team in the UK works across the organisation, managing the environmental impact of our buildings as well as looking at our programmes and projects and how to make them more sustainable.


Our Environmental Management System (EMS) was set up in 2008 and aims to improve environmental performance. It covers operational estates management (energy, waste, sustainable procurement and travel) and legal compliance. 

See our annual report for targets and achievements.


We have implemented an Environmental Framework Tool (EFT) in the 110 countries in which we operate. The tool enables us to manage the environmental impact of our overseas operations by:

  • embedding greater awareness of operational environmental management issues at British Council offices and sites
  • providing direction to countries on environmental management activities
  • providing a platform of knowledge and capability from which countries can then respond to local opportunities and constraints
  • ensuring the environment is integrated into normal day-to-day British Council activities.

Features of the tool include:

  • flexibility to country/region needs
  • compatibility with key features in ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems
  • legal compliance.