TO BE PUBLISHED September 2021
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**Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the future development of water markets in England - and the regulatory and industry frameworks needed to meet the needs and environmental obligations for consumer services, as well as for the modernisation of infrastructure.
The conference will also look at latest thinking on priorities for the Price Review 2024, with early stage preparations beginning shortly, as well as the corresponding discussion papers that have already been published, and which look at:
- future challenges and opportunities for the water sector
- reflecting customer preferences in future price reviews
- what has been learned from the Price Review 2019
In addition to developments around the Price Review, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss next steps for England’s water market in the context of wider policy initiatives, such as the Environment Bill and the National Infrastructure Strategy, alongside other significant factors such as recovery from COVID-19 and adapting to climate change.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Aileen Armstrong, Senior Director, Ofwat; Sophie Broadfield, Deputy Director, Water Services, Defra; and Giles Stevens, Director of Policy, National Infrastructure Commission
Sessions in the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:
- PR24 design and potential scope of recommendations
- learning from the implementation of the PR19 regime
- developing long-term infrastructure that is fit for use and climate resilient
- enhancing environmental preservation
- improving services and quality for consumers
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Climate Change Committee; Defra; Drinking Water Inspectorate; and Ofwat. Also due to attend are representatives from Anglian Water; Barton Willmore; British Geological Survey; British Water; Earth Labs Group; Environment Agency; E Simons Consulting; Ricardo Energy & Environment; Severn Trent; Skanska; South East Water; South Staffs Water; and Water UK.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from RICS; The Environment magazine; The Water Report and Utility Week.
Overall, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with environmental and emissions organisations, representatives from energy-intensive sectors including power generation and transport, infrastructure, engineering and building groups, finance and investment companies, technology and innovation organisations, legal representatives, agricultural and land-use companies, local government and international delegates, charities and campaign groups, academics and think tanks, and reporters from the national and trade media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference