LexisPSL Environment News Podcast – July 2019

In our July 2019 Environment News Podcast, we hear from Chris Badger and Mark Davies of 6 Pump Court on a number of topical issues, including:

-          Ofwat’s flexing of its regulatory muscles and the recent performance assessment of the water industry

-          the performance of the Environment Agency and its continued use of civil sanctions  

-          the UK’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

To listen to the podcast, click here.

Ofwat’s flexing of its regulatory muscles and the recent performance assessment of the water industry – listen from 0.35 mins

Chris and Mark take us through Ofwat’s notice of intention to impose on Southern Water a financial penalty amounting to £37.7 million, reduced exceptionally to £3 million for what are described as ‘significant breaches of its licence conditions and its statutory duties’.

We also hear about the general under performance of water companies in 2018, according to a recent Environment Agency report.

Performance of the Environment Agency and its continued use of civil sanctions – listen from 4.32 mins

Towards the end of June, the Environment Agency published its ‘corporate scorecard’ for the third quarter of 2018-2019. This sets out an ‘at a glance’ look at the Environment Agency’s performance over a number of metrics, set out in the Environment Agency action plan. The scorecard itself is then based on a traffic light system to set out those targets which the Environment Agency is on track to hit, those which it may hit and those which it will probably fail on.

Chris and Mark discuss whether the Environment Agency is hitting its targets and also consider other areas of regulation, such as the use of enforcement undertakings.

The UK’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – listen from 6.45 mins

In the final story, we hear about Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 and the UK’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Mark and Chris talk about the costs implications that might flow from this commitment, highlighting different sources and also make predictions for key areas where emissions reduction savings can be made.

 For more information on these stories, see:

 -          Lexis PSL news: Government at risk of legal action if net-zero emission target is missed

-          Lexis PSL news: UK becomes first major economy to legally set zero emission target for 2050

-          Lexis PSL news: Ofwat propose £37.7 m fine to Southern Water for wastewater failings

 

 

 

 

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