Morning, Thursday, 6th February 2020
Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW
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).
It will be an opportunity to for key stakeholders and policymakers to consider the way forward as a new parliament begins its work.
It is also timed to discuss the full Environment Bill following its expected re-introduction - including its aims 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.
Speakers and chairs
There will be keynote contributions from:
- Joel Kenrick, Head of Policy, Environmental Principles and Oversight, Defra;
- Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency; and
- Sally Hayns, Chief Executive Officer, CIEEM.
Further confirmed speakers include: Jonathan Burney, Natural England; Dr Tamsin Cooper, Defra; Professor Liz Fisher, University of Oxford; Dr Julian Little; Bayer Crop Science Division; Nina Pindham, No5 Barristers Chambers and UKELA; Simon Rutledge, Biffa - as well as Richard Blyth, RTPI; David Fatscher, British Standards Institution; Harry Greenfield, CLA; and Richard Warneford, Northumbrian Water.
The chairs are: Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs); and Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group and Member, House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee.
- 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;
- Views on industry priorities for the powers and scope of the new body; and
- 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; Committee on Climate Change; Defra; Department for Infrastructure NI; Department for the Economy NI; Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs NI; DfT; DIT; Food Standards Agency; HM Treasury; HMRC; MHCLG; Ofwat; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.