Morning, Thursday, 6th February 2020
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.
- 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.
- 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.