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The changing environmental requirements for major infrastructure planning – Biodiversity Net Gain and implications of the Environment Act
Recent, and planned, changes to policy will impact the environmental requirements for major infrastructure projects. Join this one hour free webinar to hear updates on what the Environment Act and proposals in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill mean for NSIPs.

This discussion will consider biodiversity net gain requirements, the future of EIA with the introduction of environmental outcome assessments, and what net zero and climate change means for new infrastructure projects.


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Alex Minhinick
Director @Burges Salmon
Alex is a planning solicitor working in private practice for a wide range of developer, land owner and public authority clients. He has particular experience in the consenting of large energy and infrastructure projects, under both the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and the Planning Act 2008. He is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association, and a representative for the firm at the Mineral Products Association. Alex regularly speaks at events and conferences, and publishes articles on a range of subjects in national publications.
Dr Rufus Howard
Impact Assessment Lead @IEMA
Dr. Howard is a leading professional in environmental and social impact assessment and sustainability with 20 years of experience across public, private and not-for-profit organisations. A Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and Chartered Environmentalist, Dr Howard currently holds positions as Policy and Engagement Lead for IEMA, Director and Founder of Greenfriars Sustainability Consultants, and Special Advisor to the Environmental and Social Policy and Risk Department at the International Finance Corporation.
Nick White
Principal Advisor – Net Gain and Green Infrastructure @Natural England
Nick works across Government (national and local), and with developers, NGOs and academia to advance policy, practice and standards around net gain (biodiversity, natural capital and environmental). The current focus of his work is on biodiversity net gain legislation, the biodiversity metric and biodiversity net gain standards and guidance. He is also working on the evolving approach to marine net gain. As a non-ecologist Nick is interested in how biodiversity and the natural environment can contribute towards wider social and economic benefits. He also has a strong interest in green infrastructure, especially in relation to urban areas and its ability to enhance wider (grey) infrastructure resilience. Nick enjoys engaging with different sectors and seeking opportunities to help secure the delivery of shared outcomes. He has previously worked in the health, cultural and charitable sectors.