MPs to scrutinise EU green policies ahead of Brexit referendum

Posted: October 22, 2015 by oldbrew in government, greenblob
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UK Parliament, Westminster [image credit: Wikipedia]

UK Parliament, Westminster
[image credit: Wikipedia]

The public inquiry ‘is now open for written submissions’, as reports. There’s the invitation…

The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it will hold a public inquiry to assess the effectiveness of European environmental policy in the UK, ahead of the nation’s planned in-out EU referendum.

The inquiry, which is now open for written submissions, will investigate the merits and drawbacks of determining environmental policy at an EU level for the UK, along with the implications of such policies on the UK environment.

Specifically, the EAC is looking for answers to key questions around the balance between EU environmental frameworks and national approaches; the impact EU environmental policies have had on UK businesses; and the role of the EU as an international negotiator on environmental issues.

The EAC hopes the inquiry will inform the in-out debate ahead of the referendum on EU membership that the Conservative Government has committed to holding by the end of 2017, following a renegotiation of the UK’s terms of membership.

Full report: MPs to scrutinise EU green policies ahead of Brexit referendum

Presumably the referendum won’t happen before the inquiry is over? We shall see.

From the webpage setting out the terms of reference:

The inquiry will first look at the merits and drawbacks of determining environmental policy at an EU level for the UK and, secondly, look at the implications of such policies on the UK environment. The Committee does not intend to examine the Common Agricultural Policy, owing to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Committee’s ongoing work in this area.

Questions to consider

We invite responses on some, or all, of the following sets of questions:

Objective 1: To understand the objectives of EU environmental policies, and the extent to which they have helped to address the most important environmental issues to the UK.

  1. What advantages and/or disadvantages does environmental policy making at the EU level offer for the UK?
  2. Has the right balance between the objective of setting a flexible common EU framework for tackling cross-border environmental problems, and allowing for distinct national approaches to be taken into account been achieved?
  3. How successful has the implementation of EU environmental policy and the role of the EU as an international negotiator on environmental issues been for the UK? In areas where this has fallen short, where could improvements be made?

Objective 2: To understand the implications of EU environmental policies on UK environmental protection.

  1. Have EU environmental policies taken into account the specific character of environmental issues in the UK?
  2. How effective have EU environmental policies been in addressing environmental issues in the UK? What work still needs to be done?
  3. What impact has EU environmental policy had on the UK’s businesses which are affected by the policies?

The deadline for submissions is 20 November 2015 and the word limit is 3,000 words. Written submissions can be sent via the inquiry page.

  1. Stephen Richards says:

    So no questions about financial impacts on the british, SMEs and large corps.

  2. The question should be asked: What is the impact of EU environmental legislation on the benefits and costs to the UK economy.

  3. A C Osborn says:

    The “effectiveness” should be judged purely on the around 1.2 TRILLION EUROS already invested in the EU (and the proprtion of it in the UK) versus how much difference it has made to the World’s CO2 output AND how much it has or will affect the Earth’s average temperature.
    The answer of course is NIL to both measurements

    The pathetic percentage contributed by magic “Renewables” to the world’s total generation should also be pointed out.

  4. A C Osborn says:

    You may be interested in this report by Derek Partington, a former Chartered Engineer on Wind Energy and it’s fitness for purpose.

    In his own words “Based on the results of this and my previous analysis I cannot see why any policy for the continued increase in the number of wind turbines connected to the Grid can be justified.”

  5. oldbrew says:

    Another one in the eye for solar power. Why EU-style green policies don’t work in India.

    ‘Activists say solar can power India, but politics and economics of coal win out’

    One month after the rollout, Greenpeace invited Bihar’s former chief minister, Nitish Kumar, to inaugurate the solar village. A head of state visiting a small village under the glare of television cameras is a huge deal, and the citizens knew it was their best chance to get a permanent solution.

    Children held placards and the adults chanted their mantra asking for “real” electricity.

    One week later, trucks rolled in and set up a 100-kW transformer in town, connecting Dharnai to the grid.