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The future for environmental standards and next steps for the Office for Environmental Protection

Event by: Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum


Wednesday 7 September  2022| 9:00-13:00 GMT





This conference will examine the future for environmental standards and next steps for the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).


It takes place in the context of the OEP consultation on its draft strategy and enforcement policy, as well as the implementation of the Environment Act and the Government’s review of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Speakers will include: Dame Glenys Stacey, Chair, Office for Environmental Protection; and Alan Law, Deputy Chief Executive, Natural England.

Areas for discussion include:

  • OEP priorities – the first strategy – the enforcement policy – engagement with key stakeholders – guidance in sustainability and ecosystem services
  • OEP implementation – the Environment Act – independence – setting and enforcement of standards – securing accountability – monitoring progress – coordination with wider policy
  • regulation – priorities – frameworks for the future and their design – engagement with stakeholders – opportunities for the UK to lead internationally
  • environmental standards – building back greener – scope, ambition and timescales – priorities for protection, conservation, restoration and ecosystem regeneration
  • environmental stewardship – priorities for addressing long-term challenges – conserving biodiversity – adapting to climate threats – sustainable conduct around ecosystem service use
  • policy – the 25 Year Environment Plan review – environmental principle scope and targets – transparency and accountability – development of legally binding measures – interim milestones


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the BEIS; the Cabinet Office; Defra; DfT; DAERA, NI; Department for the Economy, NI; Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Environment Agency; the ORR; Ofwat; and The Scottish and Welsh Governments – as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.


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