Join us for two different perspectives on the new (ish) Environment Act. Chris Badger of 6 Pump Court will discuss the legal ramifications of the new Act, how it affects the waste industry and the extended powers it affords the regulator of waste, the Environment Agency. Libby Peake of the Green Alliance will discuss the wider implications and possible outcomes, both positive and negative, of the resources and waste sections of the Act.
We are delighted to be hosted by Shoosmiths in London for this topical event which is not to be missed. Registration is from 3.30pm with speakers at 4pm. The event will conclude at 5.30pm.
Chaired by Professor Richard Macrory Hon KC, Patron, UKELA and Board member for the Office for Environmental Protection
- Chris Badger, 6 Pump Court: the legal implications of the Environment Act 2021 on the waste industry, including the extended powers it gives to the regulator for search and seizure of premises.
- Libby Peake, Green Alliance (charity and independent thinktank): The UK’s new Environment Act: from conception to implementation
Libby Peake is head of resource policy at Green Alliance, an independent charity and think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. She works closely with other NGOs, academics and businesses to promote better use of resources throughout the economy. In recent years, this has included working with other NGOs in the Greener UK coalition to ensure that the Environment Act to address the governance gap caused by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU adequately addressed the risks and opportunities posed to resource policy in particular. She also manages the Circular Economy Task Force, a forum for business thinking on resource efficient policies, which has recently advocated for a systemic approach to tackling plastic pollution, a more targeted approach to reducing resource use, and a smarter strategy on critical raw materials. Her recent reports include The bigger picture: addressing the UK’s hidden carbon footprint and Critical point: securing the raw materials needed for the UK’s green transition.
Chris Badger has an established practice in commercial regulatory investigations and prosecutions, specialising in environmental enforcement, acting for both corporate and individual defendants and on behalf of the Environment Agency. High profile cases include allegations of the deliberate illegal disposal of hazardous waste, the export of waste abroad, end of waste and environmental issues relating to the Thames Tideway super-sewer project. Recent written advice and lectures have included issues on water pollution, legal personality and “linked organisations”, the definition of causation, the meaning and treatment of hazardous waste, environmental liabilities for private investors and institutional and regulatory steps required to achieve ‘equivalence’ with current environmental standards in a post-Brexit environment. He co-wrote the leading practitioner’s text ‘Environment Act 2021: Text, Guide and Analysis’, together with Richard Macrory Hon KC.
After the seminar, there will be an opportunity, for those who are interested, to move to a local venue for an informal social.
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