SWM News April 2019 - Is Brexit taking the environmental biscuit?
One of our jobs at SWM is to keep you up to date with the latest policy and news emanating from UK government, but this is becoming increasingly difficult. Whichever side of the debate you're on, Brexit has undeniably thrown everything up in the air and its as if gravity has failed to bring it all down to earth again.
One thing we do know is that the government has committed to establishing a new Environment Bill, drawn up as a consequence of Brexit and to effectively try and replace the environment-related legislation that the EU has set over many years. The Bill "will help us make good on our commitment to leave the natural world in a better condition than we found it" and will be overseen by a new Office for Environmental Protection. Looking positively, it is clearly a good thing that the Government has recognised the necessity of the Bill and on paper, at least, it says many of the right things.
However, at present it is hard to see how the environment can be a government priority whilst this uncertainty, and the likely transition that will follow whatever the final outcome is, continues.
So, SWM's response to all this - apart from to try and keep you updated - is to take matters into our own hands. We can't wait until Brexit does or doesn't happen to start implementing our new sustainability Roadmap, which will be launched at our Annual Conference on 3 December (save the date) and implemented from 1 January 2020. We are currently hard at work making our new Roadmap reflect the urgency that we need for the right change to happen, but realistic enough that our stakeholders and regional leaders can implement this change despite the on-going national-level chaos.
We will be giving you the only remaining opportunity to provide your comments and thoughts on our new Roadmap at our Members-Only Summer Social event on 25 June. This is your chance to shape the future of the West Midlands, so don't miss out.
Alan Carr, Senior Sustainability Adviser, on behalf of the SWM Team.
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