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Edgbaston Room

Lucas House

48 Edgbaston Park Road

Birmingham

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Most environmental policy in the UK emanates from the EU and is enshrined in hundreds of EU regulations and directives. When the UK exits the EU it will regain the power to pursue an independent environmental policy. Decisions will then need to be made on the future form of UK environmental policy. The default position is clearly to retain existing EU policy. In the long term there is however a unique opportunity fundamentally to reshape UK environmental policy. There will need to be a dialogue between Government, businesses, environmental NGOs and academics to deliver desired environmental outcomes and evaluate the inevitable societal trade-offs.

Having apprehended the opportunities the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove recently announced his plans for a new, independent body for environmental standards after we leave the European Union. The consultation on the specific powers and scope of the new body will be launched in early 2018.

The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham are holding a joint workshop on UK environmental policy after Brexit. The workshop will approach policy issues from a socio-economic perspective. Speakers are drawn from academia, Government bodies and other stakeholders. The workshop will take place on the 24th January in the Edgbaston Room, Lucas House, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham.

Among other things the workshop will:

  • Explain the extent to which the EU currently shapes UK environmental policy
  • Deal with specific issues in air quality, water quality, waste and energy efficiency / the EU Emissions Trading System
  • Provide views from industry on the extent to which environmental regulation can and should be reshaped
  • Discuss the relationship between trade and the environment and how it links with future trade negotiations
  • Provide an opportunity to put questions to the speakers

Attendance is free but places are limited and so it is necessary to reserve your place now.

There will be a second day to this workshop which will be devoted to academic issues and opportunities for socio-economic research arising out of Brexit. The goal of this second day is to identify relevant academic research questions arising out of the possibility that UK and EU environmental policy might diverge. These research questions will be of interest to both the UK and the EU-27. Please note, participation on the second day is by invitation only.

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