Net gain: Government abandons biodiversity compensation tariff

The government’s flagship mandatory biodiversity net gain policy will not include a tariff on biodiversity loss from development due to the potential bureaucracy of such a scheme, DEFRA has announced.

DEFRA’s comments, published today, came in its response to a 2018 consultation on plans to make biodiversity net gain mandatory for new development.

The consultation response was one of a series of responses to consultations on future environmental policy, including four aimed at overhauling the waste sector, to be included within the forthcoming Environment Bill.

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