19 Oct 2016

Energy & Climate after the EU referendum: the last Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee Report

On Monday, the Commons ECC published its last report, "The energy revolution and future challenges for UK energy and climate change policy". The 90-pages report brings to an end the Committee, (which will be replaced by the Commons BEIS committee), by tying together the results of a number of short-term inquiries -- including this Summer's Energy Policy after the EU referendum and Climate Policy after the EU referendum.

The report brings together evidence from civil society, businesses and academics, including from EUrefEnv authors, Tim Rayner, Brendan Moore, Sebastian Oberthür and Andrew Jordan.

It concludes that "The UK’s departure from the EU is not expected to change the general direction of UK energy policy, since this is perceived to be driven primarily by the Climate Change Act 2008, and domestic concerns about supply security and affordability. However, the absence of external enforcement and accountability mechanisms could weaken the imperative to deliver on policy targets. EU energy and climate change policies have historically played an important role in underpinning UK policy and providing a ‘double-lock’ to decarbonisation commitments. This has bolstered investor confidence by providing policy stability beyond the five-year domestic parliamentary cycle."

13 Oct 2016

The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum.

On Tuesday 11 October eight witnesses, including Dr Viviane Gravey (author of the Agriculture & Regulatory Reform chapters in our expert review) gave evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee as part of an on-going inquiry on the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum.

You can watch a video of the proceedings here or read the transcript here.

Written evidence submitted by Viviane Gravey, Charlotte Burns and Andy Jordan for this inquiry is available here.

12 Oct 2016

Casting into the future of UK fisheries after Brexit

Our Fisheries expert, Dr Bryce Stewart recently spoke to Seafish about the challenges facing the fisheries industry and what could a fisheries policy after Brexit look like. You can access his presentation on the Seafish website.

8 Sep 2016

Fisheries policy after Brexit

On Wednesday 7 September eight witnesses, including Dr Bryce Stewart (author of the Fisheries chapter in our expert review) gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee on Fisheries Policy after Brexit.

You can watch the video of the evidence session here.

12 Aug 2016

What does Brexit mean for impact assessment?

Alan Bond, Monica Fundingsland and Stephen Tromans have just published an article in the journal Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal which looks at the implications of Brexit on the future practice of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in the UK.

Brexit has led to considerable uncertainty over the future practice of EIA and SEA. These are assessment processes applied where proposed projects (for EIA) or plans and programmes (for SEA) are considered to have potentially significant effects on the environment. The idea is that decision makers should know the full consequences of their actions prior to making a decision, so that socio-economic benefits are considered in the context of environmental harms. 

EIA and SEA are legally required in the UK because of EU Directives but the processes are often seen as a hindrance and an unwelcome cost on developers , and the Brexit vote raises the possibility that legal obligations could be removed where these Directives no longer place obligations on the government. Thus Brexit matters in terms of the consideration of environmental evidence in decision making.

11 Aug 2016

Zombie-like or servile? The worst-case scenarios for Brexit.

In a blog post for IEMA's The Environmentalist Magazine, Andy Jordan, Charlotte Burns and Viviane Gravey argue the environmental sector needs not only to campaign for a green Brexit but also to consider and plan for the worst-case Brexit scenarios for the environment.

10 Aug 2016

Environmental policy after Brexit: mind the governance gap

In a blog post for the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, Viviane Gravey, Andy Jordan and Charlie Burns argue the future of the UK environment after Brexit is as much a question of future governance arrangement as it is about future policies. Both governance and policy issues are further discussed in the latest EUrefEnv review on Hard and Soft Brexit.