Managing Environmental Legal Risks | Free Breakfast Business Briefing


Bureau Veritas in partnership with the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry,  invites you to join us for our next Business Briefing about the EPA Legislation in Victoria on Thursday 5 September 2019 from 7.30am to 9.30am at the International Chamber House.

The Victorian Government is implementing a new approach to environmental protection that will place new duties to protect the environment on all Victorians and introduce significantly increased penalties of more than $3 million for companies and up to five years imprisonment for individuals.

Business will need to review their environmental management systems and portfolio of properties to ensure that they (and their directors and executive management team) are ready for the new laws.

Over the next three-six months the EPA and Victorian Government will be engaging with industry stakeholders and the community regarding the range of regulations, compliance codes and other guidance documents that need to be put in place before the Act commences (expected 1 July 2020).

This seminar will:- explain the new laws;
- highlight areas where you can get involved in making submissions on the regulations;
- provide practical steps that you can take to get ready.

Kat Sayers – Environment Practice Lead, Bureau Veritas

Kat will be speaking on emerging trends across the sustainability field and some of the factors influencing these changes. Kat will discuss broadly why thinking about sustainability is important in a business context and measures that may be implemented to enhance business sustainability performance.

Kat currently works with Bureau Veritas as the Environmental Practice Lead and is located in the Port Melbourne head office. Kat delivers projects in the fields of stakeholder engagement, sustainable development assessment, environmental compliance and corporate social responsibility auditing.

Kat grew up in rural Victoria, where she experienced firsthand the impact of drought conditions on agricultural production and communities. Kat understands that one of the important factors in delivering sustainable development is communication between key stakeholders.

As such, Kat has developed new business streams and is delivering stakeholder focused events to aid clients implement strategies and processes within the Environment and Sustainability fields into their businesses. Kathryn has accumulated over 14 years of experience in business development, management, consultancy, assurance audits and project coordination across a broad range of industries.

Meredith Gibbs – Senior Counsel, Baker McKenzie Lawyers

Meredith advises on a wide variety of regulatory issues and commercial arrangements in the areas of Commonwealth and State environmental laws, contaminated land and groundwater matters, associated waste disposal and clean-up issues, executive officer liability, incident response and environmental due diligence. She also has extensive experience in Crown land matters, government contracting and procurement arrangements, water regulation and environmental risk audits.

Meredith has advised on various aspects of climate change law including liability for geosequestration of greenhouse gases, emissions trading, green financing and professional liability in the context of extreme weather events. She has a keen interest in carbon capture and storage and is the inaugural Legal Fellow of the Global CCS Institute.

Please follow this link to see Meredith's full biography

Date/Time: Thursday 5 September 2019, 7.30am - 9.30am
Location: International Chamber House, Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Free refreshments will be provided at the end of the session.

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