24 Sep 2015
Delta-Simons sponsored the Environmental Industries Commission breakfast meeting with former Environment Secretary, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP.
The reason for the breakfast meeting last week to discuss politics around environmental issues and climate change.
The topics during the meeting provided interesting discussions around the course of environmental legislation over the next few years.
The Government maintains its commitment to tackling climate change and meeting its challenging carbon target of an 80% reduction by 2050; but current and future environmental legislation has to contribute towards the economic growth plan.
The impact of the upcoming EU Referendum on environmental policy was deliberated, with devolution also a key theme – as local authorities take on more decision-making powers in the future.
Environmental issues arising from the proposed HS2 rail link were discussed alongside the potential economic benefits of reduced commuting times; attracting new businesses and investment; and brownfield redevelopment as a result of improved infrastructure.
Other topics covered included the scrapping of the Green Deal and Zero Carbon Homes, flood defences, EU protected species, air quality, security and diversity of energy supply; and development outside of the south east.
By engaging in round table discussions with the EIC and Members of Parliament, Delta-Simons aims to support and influence national environmental policies in addition to keeping up to date with the latest changes in regulation to keep our clients well-informed and compliant.