Queen’s speech: Government promises ‘legally binding’ environmental targets

The government’s long-awaited Environment Bill will set out legally binding targets to improve the state of the natural world, the Queen has stated in her speech formally reopening parliament this morning.

“My ministers remain committed to protecting and improving the environment for future generations,” she told peers and MPs assembled in the House of Lords. 

“For the first time, environmental principles will be enshrined in law. Measures will be introduced to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive,” she said. “Legislation will also create new legally binding environmental improvement targets.”

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