UKELA’s Big Environmental Debate 2014
Mar 20, 2014
40 UKELA members and friends were treated to a thought-provoking debate on Thursday 20 March between John Redwood MP and David Hart QC.
Chaired by Stephen Tromans QC and generously hosted by international law firm, Simmons & Simmons, the motion under discussion was “Excessive and unnecessary environmental legislation and regulation is seriously damaging the UK’s economic growth”.
John Redwood, speaking for the motion, focused in particular on legislation relating to climate change and carbon emissions. He argued coherently that Europe’s policy, legislation and carbon pricing were having the clear and unintended consequence of exporting production, and therefore carbon emissions, to other parts of the world, with significant impacts on the UK economy.
David Hart, speaking against the motion, spoke passionately about the need for the UK and Europe to show “thought leadership” on climate change policy and for environmental regulation as a means of protecting the interests of future generations.
Delegates posed questions and considered responses before voting on the motion. “While the motion was defeated, it was by no means a whitewash.” commented UKELA Vice-Chair, James Taylor, from Simmons & Simmons. “This debate shows the evident platform for dialogue that UKELA provides on key environmental topics.”
UKELA Executive Director, Linda Farrow, thanked sponsors Argyll Environmental and Talisman Environmental and delegates for their financial contribution. “The funds raised by this event will allow UKELA to re-instate our student bursary programme for 2014. This is an important part of our charitable work to help develop the environmental professionals of the future.”
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