16 January 2009: Royal Commission invites comments on topics for future (29th) study

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution today (16th January 2009) invites comments on a short list of topics being considered for its next major study. A letter has been sent to a number of organisations inviting their comments and suggestions on the shortlist of topics.

The proposed topics, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Deciding environmental priorities
  • Environmental impact of demographic change
  • Human rights and the environment
  • Medical and veterinary chemicals in the environment
  • Multi-level governance and the environment
  • New technologies for waste management

The Chair of the Royal Commission, Sir John Lawton, said today: “We are very keen to hear which of these topics people think would be the most suitable subject for the Commission to investigate now.   If there are any other topics that would benefit from our attention, we would like to hear about them too.  We will consider all the comments and suggestions we receive to help us decide which topic we should look at.”

The Royal Commission welcomes views from anyone who wishes to contribute. The deadline for responses is Friday 13 February 2009.

Notes for Editors

  1. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution is an independent body, appointed by the Queen and funded by the government, which publishes in-depth reports on what it identifies as the crucial environmental issues facing the UK and the world. The Commission’s full reports are presented to Parliament.
  2. Further information on the shortlist can be found here.

The contact for enquiries is: Yolanda Rizzi, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, 55 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EY (email: yolanda.rizzi@rcep.org.uk).

16 January 2009

The Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution