Environmental law news podcast – December 2019

Environmental law news podcast – December 2019

Welcome to our final podcast for 2019! In this podcast, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies of 6 Pump Court take us through the following environmental law updates:

  • a look at the relationship between requests for disclosure under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and legal professional privilege;
  • the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) most recent call for evidence; and
  • the latest EU developments on green finance

To listen to the podcast, click here.

The relationship between requests for disclosure under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and legal professional privilege- listen from 0.40 seconds

In the first part of the podcast, Chris and Mark take us through the recent case of Brooksbank v the Information Commissioner. In this surprising case, we hear about the public interest factors which favoured disclosure of privileged instructions to lawyers, as environmental information.

CCC call for evidence- listen from 5.18 mins

Mark and Chris remind us of the CCC’s statutory duty to provide advice to government on the sixth carbon budget and the connected call for evidence, open until 5 February 2020.

We also hear that previous reports have made clear that the current government policies and plans are insufficient to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets.

Chris and Mark also discuss potential issues in the way the CCC might interact with the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), based on the OEP’s set up in the Environment Bill as drafted prior to bill falling away on suspension of parliament.

EU developments on green finance – listen from 8.29 mins

In the final part of the podcast, we hear about the set of legislative reforms recently adopted by the European Commission, which are a key part of the legislative agenda driving green finance, placing specific legal obligations on financial market participants.

For more information on any of these stories, see:

We’ll be back in January 2020!

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About the author:

Simone is an environmental law specialist and is head of LexisPSL Environment.

Simone moved to LexisNexis from Clyde & Co where she trained. Whilst at Clyde & Co Simone gained experience in contentious work, including large scale arbitrations, private claims and regulatory breaches, and a variety of non-contentious issues. Some of her experience includes the EU Emissions Trading System, the domestic Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, environmental due diligence, Energy Performance Certificates, permitting requirements and contaminated land.

Simone has written a number of articles, which have been published in various journals and is a trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).