The context for this year’s EPUK conference continues to be the degree of uncertainty surrounding Government plans for a new Environmental Bill, while the future extent of alignment between the UK’s and Europe’s environmental policies remains unclear. This is crucial: will the Bill really uphold and reinforce our current level of environmental protection? Or will it fall prey to de-regulatory pressures in a UK desperate for trade deals? The conference will have an update on progress, if any, on the Bill and hear about the demands that EPUK has made on behalf of its membership. Delegates at our 2018 Conference heard calls for the necessary powers to allow the Office for Environment Protection to become a strong independent and effective watchdog. Concerns about this have not gone away, in fact have arguably increased; the conference will have an update on this too.
Despite uncertainty about environmental policy for the future, today’s challenges remain. Special conference sessions on air quality, land quality and noise, will air current concerns in these vital areas of environmental protection and delegates will hear updates on ongoing issues.
The programme is planned to ensure lively discussion in the conference sessions with many opportunities for networking and viewing the exhibition and displays.