Environmental Challenges in 2021-what we can do

Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 November 2020

The 2020 Conference was held as virtual event online so you can still read the presentations in the ‘Resources’ area of our website.

The speakers and their presentation topics are outlined below:

William Wilson of Wyeside Consulting gave a presentation on COP 26 – key issues at a turning point for climate negotiations

Professor Eloise Scotford of UCL gave an update and commentary on the Environment Bill.

The Government’s strategy for regeneration includes significant investment in new infrastructure which will have environmental consequences, in particular for areas of quiet and tranquility.

Neil Wait, Environmental expert advising the HS2 project, presented his findings on assessing and resolving environmental challenges.

Oliver Bewes Noise Manager, Infrastructure Directorate, HS2 Ltd discussed noise issues associated with the high-speed train project.

2019 saw the launch of a major new initiative to improve air quality and to reduce the health impacts of air pollution.

Professor Sir Stephen Holgate, newly knighted Clean Air Champion, updated Conference on progress for clean air action.

Dr Ian Mudway, Imperial College London, gave an assessment of new research in health impacts.

Nick Molden, Allow Air, gave a presentation entitled Schrӧdingers Car: the plug-in hybrid conundrum

Land contamination and remediation continues to be a major concern of EPUK members, especially with regard to asbestos and new issues arising from the decline in road fuel retailing sites.

Peter Atchison, PAGeoTechnical Ltd discussed Prospects for the Contaminated Land Sector in a Turbulent Political Time

Steve Forster of Remedia Group Limited, Chair of Joint Industry Working Group in Soil and Asbestos and C & D Materials,  gave an update on the new AGS guidance on asbestos.

David Rudland, former EPUK Chair of Land Quality, introduced a major new EPUK publication on decommissioning of petrol/diesel forecourts.

Dr Tom Henman, lead investigator from RSK, commissioned by the Scottish Government, examined the risk of carbon dioxide arising from former coal workings and the implications for development

Other noise issues were addressed by the following experts:

George Gibbs of Noise Consultants Ltd presented a paper on noise mapping: potential further uses and opportunities.

Dr Antonio Martinez of Salford University presented his findings on Environmental Noise after Covid-19:  Issues and Opportunities.

The Conference was of particular interest to:

  • Local authority Environmental Health, Contaminated Land, Planning and Transport Officers
  • Elected members with an environment brief or interest
  • Environmental managers from the private and public sectors
  • Practitioners: Environmental businesses and consultants
  • Academics and students involved in teaching, research and learning in environmental protection subjects
  • Local environmental interest groups

Not an EPUK member? Why not join Environmental Protection UK and benefit from reduced conference fees in 2021 and reap the reward of EPUK membership.

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