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.