Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future for environmental standards in the UK and implementing the Office for Environmental Protection

Morning, Thursday, 6th February 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will discuss the future regulatory landscape for environmental standards and principles across the UK - as well as the prospects for the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).


The conference is timed to discuss the full Environment Bill following its expected re-introduction to the next parliament, and will be an opportunity to consider its aims, including to:


  • Establish long-term environmental governance and accountability;
  • Improve air and water quality;
  • Restore and enhance nature and green spaces; and
  • Develop a more sustainable resource and waste management system.

Keynotes


  • Joel Kenrick, Head of Policy, Environmental Principles and Oversight, Defra;
  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency;
  • Jonathan Burney, Director, Government Advice, Natural England;
  • Nina Pindham, Barrister, Planning and Environment, No5 Barristers Chambers and Trustee, UKELA;
  • Dr Julian Little, Head of Communications & Public Affairs UK, Bayer Crop Science Division;
  • Professor Liz Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law, Faculty of Law and Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford; and
  • Sally Hayns, Chief Executive Officer, CIEEM.

The agenda


  • Current standards and the next steps for regulation;
  • The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) - role, scope of powers, and implementation:
    • Differentiating the role of the OEP from existing bodies and mitigating duplication of powers;
    • Enforcement powers and role in investigating complaints;
    • A view on industry priorities for the powers and scope of the new body;
    • Implementation issues - time scale, independence, and positioning.
  • The in-tray for the new body;
  • The focus going forward for environmental standards in the UK - pollution and emissions, sustainability and ecosystem regeneration; and
  • Next steps for the environmental legislation and the OEP.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference


This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Civil Service Fast Stream; Defra; Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs NI; Department for Infrastructure NI; Department for the Economy NI; DfT; HMRC; HM Treasury; MHCLG; Ofwat; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair, Environment Agency

Joel Kenrick

Head of Policy, Environmental Principles and Oversight, Defra

Keynote Speakers

Nina Pindham

Barrister, Planning and Environment, No5 Barristers Chambers and Trustee, UKELA

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair, Environment Agency

Joel Kenrick

Head of Policy, Environmental Principles and Oversight, Defra

Chairs

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch

Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group and Member, Lords Select Committee EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

Speakers

Harry Greenfield

Senior Land Use Policy Adviser, CLA

Richard Warneford

Wastewater Director, Northumbria Water

David Fatscher

Head of Sector (Environment, Social and Governance), British Standards Institution

Professor Liz Fisher

Professor of Environmental Law, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Sally Hayns

Chief Executive Officer, CIEEM

Richard Blythe

Head of Policy, RTPI

Senior speaker confirm from Food Strategy Team, Defra

Senior speaker confirmed from Biffa

Jonathan Burney

Director, Government Advice, Natural England

Dr Julian Little

Head of Communications & Public Affairs UK, Bayer Crop Science Division