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The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution is an independent body established in 1970 in order to advise the general public, the Queen, Parliament and Government on environmental issues. Read on as we discuss everything you need to know about the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.


Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution & Their Work

Advice from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution is generally delivered in the form of study outcome reports.

The studies performed are chosen on the basis of their relevance to the environment. Some examples of some more recent study topics include, the investigation of the long-term effects of chemicals in the environment and the overall environmental impact of marine fisheries.

During the Royal Commissions lifetime they broke a lot of ground in terms of research, environmental awareness.One example of this includes their landmark report titled Energy - The Changing Environment, which was published in June 2000.

Occasional news releases or statements have also been issued by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Commission news almost always centered around issues that they themselves had observed in their research.

Commission Members have always been appointed by the Queen, but the Prime Minister does act in an advisory capacity in the decision making process. Some of the past commission members include:

  • Professor Roland Clift
  • Professor Paul Ekins
  • John Flemming
  • Sir Brian Follett
  • Dr Ian Graham-Bryce
  • Professor Stephen Holgate
  • Professor Brian Hoskins
  • Professor Richard Macrory
  • Cheryl Miller
  • Dr Susan Owens
  • Professor Jane Plant
  • John Speirs
  • Professor Janet Sprent

Commission meetings have always occurred among members on a monthly basis, and the minutes from these meetings have been published. The commission has always been supported by a full-time Secretariat.

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Royal Commission Research

Now that we’ve discussed exactly what the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution does, let’s take a look at a timeline of some of the key research projects and news statements the commission have issued in more recent years:

  • 17 July 2003: News Release Government responds to the Twenty-third Report, Environmental Planning
  • 26 June 2003: Launch of the Twenty-fourth Report Chemicals in Products - Safeguarding the Environment and Human Health
  • 26 June 2003: News Release Reducing the risks from chemicals
  • 23 May 2003: News Release Building more runways is wasteful
  • 29 November 2002: Launch of the Special Report The Environmental Effects of Civil Aircraft in Flight
  • 29 November 2002: News Release Environmental Effects of Civil Aircraft in Flight
  • 1 July 2002: New Limited Study on Environmental Effects of Air Transport
  • 27 June 2002: New Study on Environmental Effects of Marine Fisheries
  • 27 June 2002: News release Study on Environmental Effects of Marine Fisheries announced
  • 26 June 2002: Royal Commission responds to the consultation Sustainable Farming and Food
  • 11 April 2002: New Commission Members announced
  • 28 March 2002 Review of the Nineteenth Report - Sustainable Use of Soil published
  • 21 March 2002: News release Royal Commission calls for radical change in the way we plan our environment
  • 18 March 2002: Royal Commission responds to the Planning Green Paper
  • 26 October 2001: Royal Commission responds to the Policy Commission on the future of farming and food consultation
  • 24 October 2001: News release - Royal CommissioLean finds chemicals regimes ineffective
  • 11 April 2001: Call for improved wall heat insulation regulations - letter to the Deputy Prime Minister
  • 13 March 2001: Greening Sustainable Development Strategies - European Environmental Advisory Councils statement
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