This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Policy and Parliamentary Update
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   

 

View all (10) posts »
 

April Policy Update

Posted By Sarah Ridgeon, 25 April 2019
Updated: 25 April 2019

April Policy Update

Welcome to the April policy update! Firstly, I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend, and enjoyed the all too brief break from the dreaded ‘B’ word! As Parliament returns from recess, now is a good time to reflect on developments from the past couple of months…

The Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) – made up of leading environmental organisations and for which the Society acts as Secretariat – continues to advocate the interests of the environmental profession. Just last week Forum members were in London meeting with Officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We identified mutual priorities – such as Clean Growth – and discussed the Society’s Greening the Industrial Strategy report, containing case studies with Chartered Environmentalists, and how they demonstrate the achievability of an environmentally sustainable Industrial Strategy.

Building links with Government Departments is key to ensuring the voices of environmental professionals are heard, and we are therefore also delighted that Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will speak at the Society’s Annual World Environment Day Awards and Lectures on the 4th June, on the topic of ‘Net Gain’. Dr Coffey, whose remit at Defra includes air quality, the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, and the natural environment – including biodiversity – will be on hand to listen to the views of environmental professionals as well as providing a fascinating insider’s perspective into recent policy developments.

Elsewhere, following the EPF response to the Defra consultation earlier this year, we were very pleased to see the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announce mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain as a requirement for developments. We also continue to work with the cross-organisational Broadway Initiative to influence Government and shape the contents of the final Environment Bill.

Looking forward, the Forum will be inputting into the first four Resources and Waste Strategy consultations, on introducing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging; a Deposit Return Scheme; consistent recycling collections and a Plastic Packaging Tax. We will also be keeping an eye on the progress of the Agriculture and Fisheries Bills, both of which have reached report stage in the House of Commons but have seen their progress delayed. Make sure to watch this space over what promises to be another very busy two months in environmental policy!

 

Sarah Ridgeon, Policy and Communications Officer
sarah.ridgeon@socenv.org.uk

 

 

Tags:  #policy 

Permalink | Comments (0)
 

Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

Society for the Environment
EC1.1 Enterprise Centre, Puma Way 
Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2TT.
© Copyright 2018 Society for the Environment. All rights reserved.

Privacy Statement