Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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The future for environmental standards and next steps for the Office for Environmental Protection

Morning, Tuesday, 18th January 2022

This conference will discuss the next steps for environmental standards and regulation in the UK and priorities for the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).

We are delighted to be able to include keynote sessions with: Dame Glenys Stacey, Chair, Office for Environmental Protection; Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, Environment Agency; and Alan Law, Deputy Chief Executive, Natural England.

Delegates will consider priorities for the interim operation of the Office as well as next steps for implementing its full powers and responsibilities. The agenda also looks at how best to ensure the OEP’s independence and authority as an arms-length body, and what is needed to effectively hold government to account.

Alongside discussion of the OEP, this will be a timely opportunity to consider broader priorities for environmental standards. Delegates will consider the policy landscape following the Royal Assent of the Environment Bill and reflect on what is needed to set the foundations for long-term governance and targets, and progress with the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

Further sessions bring out sector perspectives on fair standards for environmental protections and what is needed for effective regulation design to encourage sustainable industry behaviour - as well as how the OEP can best work with other regulators and arms-length bodies to coordinate regulatory action.

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Climate Change Committee; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for Transport; the Drinking Water Inspectorate; the Environment Agency; the Government Legal Department; the National Audit Office; the Northern Ireland Environment Agency; Ofwat; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.

Keynote Speakers

Dame Glenys Stacey

Chair, Office for Environmental Protection

Sir James Bevan

Chief Executive, Environment Agency

Alan Law

Deputy Chief Executive, Natural England

Keynote Speakers

Sir James Bevan

Chief Executive, Environment Agency

Alan Law

Deputy Chief Executive, Natural England

Debbie Stockwell

Joint Head of 25 Year Environment Plan Policy Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dame Glenys Stacey

Chair, Office for Environmental Protection


Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group

Deidre Brock MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Environment


Daniel Johns

Head of Public Affairs, Anglian Water

Professor Liz Fisher

Professor of Environmental Law, University of Oxford

Beccy Speight

Chief Executive, RSPB

Ece Ozdemiroglu

Founding Director, Eftec

Ruth Chambers

Senior Parliamentary Affairs, Associate, Green Alliance

Jason Reeves

Head of Policy, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

Dr Diane Mitchell

Chief Environment Adviser, National Farmers Union