Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

TO BE PUBLISHED January 2007

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.


  • 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; 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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates