Government to unveil ‘transformative’ Environment Bill

The long-awaited Environment Bill will equip a post-Brexit green watchdog with the power to hold ministers to account over the UK’s climate change targets and introduce legally binding targets on an array of environmental issues.

The mammoth new bill, which covers everything from water quality to waste management, marks a step-up in the government’s environmental ambitions since draft passages of the bill were published earlier this year. 

As hinted by former environment secretary Michael Gove in his Kew Gardens speech, the bill gives the proposed Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) responsibility for ensuring the government meets its commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

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