Maintaining environmental protections following the UK’s departure from the European Union

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2017 Water, Environment & Transport Conference
24 February 2017

This conference notes that a great deal of current UK environmental law has been derived from EU legislation over several decades, which in turn has ensured that the WET sector is good for the environment.

Yorkshire Water branch would like the WET sector to support the adoption of ‘the Norwegian model’ by our government, so that the UK would have to retain or re-enact most EU environmental legislation, to both protect the environment and ensure the safety of our members. This would include areas such as integrated environmental permitting, water and air quality, waste management and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations 2006.

This conference calls upon the service group executive to;

1. Work with UNISON Labour Link to lobby government to adopt the Norwegian Model

2. Draw up a charter based on the principles determined above

3. Launch an action plan for branches to follow in promoting and embedding these principles in the work place.