Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Future of environmental principles and governance post-Brexit

Morning, Thursday, 17th January 2019

Central London


Following the Government’s recently closed consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance post-Brexit, this seminar will assess the future regulatory landscape for environmental standards and the role of a new independent environmental watchdog.

Delegates will consider how the environmental principles laid out in EU treaties might best be embedded into UK law, and the functions and powers the watchdog should have in overseeing environmental law and policy - including in air, waste, water and chemical regulation.

Attendees will also discuss what steps need to be taken to achieve the aims laid out in the 25 Year Environment Plan following the Environmental Audit Committee’s call for the Government to enshrine biodiversity targets, habitats and soil quality targets into UK law.

Following the Government’s recently introduced Agriculture Bill, discussion is also expected on recommendations for a new land management system after the UK leaves the Common Agriculture Policy - and assessing its goals for delivering a “Green Brexit”.

Further sessions focus on the potential opportunities and challenges for developing UK-wide environmental standards, including discussion on the future responsibilities of the UK and devolved administrations and opportunities for promoting growth in the UK economy.

Guest of Honour

Sonia Phippard

Director General, Environment, Rural and Marine, Defra

Guest of Honour

Sonia Phippard

Director General, Environment, Rural and Marine, Defra

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Bryce

Consultant and Member, UKELA Brexit Task Force

Stuart Colville

Director of Strategy, Water UK

Senior speaker confirmed from the National Audit Office

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair, Environment Agency


Roz Bulleid

Head of Climate, Energy and Environment Policy, EEF

Christopher Price

Director of Policy and Advice, CLA

Shaun Spiers

Executive Director, Green Alliance

Begonia Filgueira

Co-Chair, UKELA Brexit Task Force

Michael Roberts

Chief Executive, Water UK

Steve Elliott

Chief Executive, Chemical Industries Association