Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England and the role of a 25-year Environment Plan

Morning, Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the Government’s newly released 25-Year Environment Plan and the challenges for meeting its primary goals for enhancing and protecting the UK’s environment - including improving air and water quality, reducing the risk of harm from environmental hazards and encouraging more efficient and sustainable usage of natural resources.


The agenda includes keynote addresses from: Nick Barter, Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency.


Discussion will focus on measures to protect the environment, including the funding mechanisms and access to capital for new schemes; the possible role of a new, independent body for environmental standards, and the potential impact of additional Government support such as the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund aimed at encouraging farmers and organisations to implement environmentally-friendly measures.


Sessions will also bring out latest thinking on how the direction of policy fits in with the commercial use of land, the future relationship between conservation and good business practice, latest thinking on the role of the planning system in environmental protection, and challenges for developing the evidence base to inform policy decision-making.



Guest of Honour

Nick Barter

Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Guest of Honour

Nick Barter

Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Keynote Speakers

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair, Environment Agency

Miranda Winram

Head of Strategy and Insight, Forest Enterprise

Chairs

Leonie Cooper AM

Chair, Environment Committee, London Assembly

Jonathan Mullard

Head of Public Sector Energy, BEIS

Speakers

Claire Wansbury

Associate Director of Ecology, Atkins

Andrew Heald

Technical Director, Confor: Promoting Forestry and Wood

Will Evison

Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC

Louise Martland

Programme Manager – National Delivery, The Environment Bank

David Lowe

Team Leader, Ecology, Historic Environment & Landscape, Warwickshire County Council

Sandy Luk

Chief Executive Officer, Marine Conservation Society

Jeremy Owen

Managing Director & Director of Planning, LUC

Professor Rosemary Hails

Director, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Science, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Professor Richard Tiffin

Chief Scientific Officer, Executive Management Team, Agrimetrics and Professor of Applied Economics, University of Reading