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[Environment Agency] image by Graham Bartram, 31 January 2011

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About the flag

This is the logo of the Environment Agency. Originally, the Thames Barrier bore the logo of the defunct Greater London Council (GLC), but the Environment Agency is now responsible for its operation.

It is one of those interestingly set up public bodies, which is responsible for the protection and improvement of the environment in England (responsible to the United Kingdom Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and in Wales (responsible to the National Assembly).

(1) Environment Agency, web site,, as consulted 16 November 2010
(2) Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, web site,, as consulted 16 November 2010
(3) National Assembly for Wales, web site,, as consulted 16 November 2010

Colin Dobson, 16 November 2010

I received the following information from Dawn FitzGerald, the Design and Visuals Advisor of the Environmental Agency.
"Our logo was developed in 1996 when the Environment Agency was formed from National Rivers Authority, Her Majesty's Inspector for Pollution and 80 waste regulation authorities. The rationale was to bring a joined up approach to managing environmental issues within the UK. As a brand new body we did not have an existing look and feel - so we had to start from scratch and develop something all the staff could rally round. We worked with a company called Coley Porter Bell - who helped us with all the new corporate identity. The logo represents an androgynous figure in an environment and was an attempt to have a simple representation of people in the environment as opposed to the environment being thought of as the countryside and uninhabited land. Our colour scheme was initially a combination of green and blue (and lots of launch material showed grass and sky) - although we decided to lead with the green on things like our signage (we have subsequently beefed up the use of green). We had to have something that could work on our vehicles, signage, clothing as well as literature.  So the colours and graphic had to be bold and simple. The corporate identity was reviewed in 2004 and we took the opportunity to refresh our colour palette and fonts. As part of this work we took the decision to have our logo available in a variety of colours, although our main colour on stationery is still green. This give us the flexibility to work with other organisations and tie in with their colour schemes for a more partner orientated approach."
Pete Loeser, 17 February 2011

Variant flag

[Environment Agency] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 November 2010

It is a celestial blue flag with a white cotized disc in its centre. Upon the disc are celestial blue clouds and a "rejoicing man" waving arms and having a face like a crescent. I saw the "rejoicing man" several times this year on plates. It had always something to do with environment.
Source: I spotted this flag on 2 May 2007 in London-Greenwich.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 November 2010