Top 10 environmental risk management issues for 2017 and how to manage them

It's here! Environment Express 2017. I’ve reflected upon recent cases, emerging industry challenges and regulatory changes to tease out the most significant risks for organisations this year.  Get clarity on the issues and practical tips to help you with environmental risk management.  Click on the image below to download the publication.

Feel very free to use the issues index as a starting point for assessing which issues are relevant to your organisation.  If any issues resonate with you or you have an “Ah ha” moment and would like some help managing an environmental or planning issue, please get in touch.

Or why not book me in for an executive briefing tailored to the specific issues relevant to your organisation? 

Changes to environmental laws in 2017

It's set to be a busy year for environment managers across Australia, with a raft of changes to environment and planning legislation and policy enacted in late 2016 and proposed for 2017.  I presented a national update to the Australian Environment Business Network on some of the key areas of reform: chemicals, waste, planning and biodiversity.  Recent case law also indicates a renewed focus on liability for management systems and the need to get the basics of compliance right - namely implementation of procedures and training.  Have a look at an abridged version of my presentation for a quick overview of key regulatory developments, and get in touch if you'd like an executive briefing on the issues.



Waste Law Update

I was delighted to attend the Australian Environment Business Network's Seminar Managing Your Waste Effectively on 1 December 2016 to present an overview of legal developments in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA & WA.  

Key legal developments for generators, transporters and waste facility operators include NSW EPA's proposed abandonment of the proximity principle (which affects how far waste can be transported prior to disposal); changes to the beneficial re-use rules in VIC and QLD; and detailed changes to waste regulations in SA, WA and NSW, particularly around construction and demolition waste. 

 Click on the presentation below to view an abridged version of my talk. 

Training for your personnel, from board level, to executives and site staff is an integral component of effective environmental compliance.  It is also likely to be viewed by the EPAs as a key aspect of a legal defence (where one applies) as it contributes to demonstrating that "all reasonable steps" were taken or "all due diligence" was taken to prevent the commission of an environmental offence.  

Guthrie Legal offers fixed fee bespoke training for your organisation, whatever your industry and specific environment and planning concerns.  Please get in touch if you would like further information. 

This blog, any linked presentations and Environment Express bulletins are intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. Whilst attempts have been made to ensure that the content is current, Guthrie Legal does not guarantee its currency. You should always seek legal or other professional advice on specific cases and before acting or relying on any of the content.