The Commissioner's functions are broad and there are numerous environmental issues worthy of investigation. However, time and resources are limited. It is therefore important our work is carefully prioritised and planned, to ensure it is pertinent and adds value for Members of Parliament and the public.
The first criterion for adding value is to avoid duplicating the work of others. The Commissioner seeks out areas where his independence can enable progress on difficult or contested topics, and where he is likely to be able to make practical, effective recommendations.
Staff are currently scoping and preparing material on a range of topics that could become fruitful avenues for future investigation.
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The Commissioner has a broad remit to investigate and report on any matter where, in his opinion, the environment may be, or has been, adversely affected.