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

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.


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;
    • 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.



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, Northumbrian 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 Blyth

Head of Policy, RTPI

Dr Tamsin Cooper

National Food Strategy, Defra

Simon Rutledge

Group External Affairs & Sustainability Manager, Biffa

Jonathan Burney

Director, Strategy + Government Advice, Natural England

Dr Julian Little

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