The general election has put a raft of plans to improve the environment on hold. Photo: John Finney/Getty The general election has put a raft of plans to improve the environment on hold. Photo: John Finney/Getty

Unfinished business: 7 critical green plans left in limbo

A number of critical fledgling bills and environmental strategies have been left with an uncertain future as a result of the general election. ENDS takes a look at some of the most important outstanding environmental strategies.

1 The Environment Bill

The beleaguered bill has already had one stay of execution when prime minister Boris Johnson’s first attempt at proroguing parliament was ruled unlawful, but the axe has now fallen. Undeterred, the government has pledged to resuscitate the bill and bring it back, should it be re-elected. The flagship piece of legislation set out the future of environmental governance - including a new green watchdog - and provisions for water, waste, chemicals, air quality and nature protection. MORE

2 The Agriculture Bill

The Agriculture Bill has suffered the same fate as the Environment Bill. It sketched out a framework for how farm subsidies would work harder for nature, on a payment by results basis, once the UK leaves the EU and no longer falls under the Common Agriculture Policy. It would be a critical plank in the drive to halt the ongoing decline in England’s habitats and species. MORE

3 Elements of the Clean Air Strategy

The government avoided setting dates to meet most of the objectives set by its plan to address emissions from beyond the road transport sector. But there has been no news on plans to develop UK-only industrial emissions guidance, bring intensive cattle farming under the environmental permitting regime or the development of sector strategies. MORE

4 The Chemicals Strategy

DEFRA, the Health and Safety Executive, Public Health England and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have begun to lay the groundwork for a new approach to chemicals management, the first for 20 years, but it is a long way from completion and they are still deciding on its scope. A call for evidence was due to take place in the spring, with formal consultation on a draft due either in 2021 or 2022. MORE

5 Water quality and abstraction plans

The Environment Agency and DEFRA are working on plans to prevent over-abstraction and bring the licensing scheme into the environmental permitting regulations regime. On water quality, the next round of River Basin Management Plans are being worked on, but a major report on England’s river health, due to be published around now, will not be published until spring 2020. MORE

6 The finer details of the waste and resources strategy

Aspects of the strategy were to be addressed in the Environment Bill, with others being consulted on. These include plans to make producers pay the full costs of disposal for the packaging they place on the market, a tax on packaging items with less than 30% recycled content, a deposit return scheme and a harmonised waste collection system. MORE

7 Elements of the 25-Year Environment Plan

Some pledges within the high-level 25-Year Plan were also meant to be dealt with in the Environment Bill, while others were being explored in the form of consultations and reviews, some of which have concluded but are waiting for official government response. One such review is the landscapes review led by Julian Glover who recommended that national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty need more money, stronger protections and a major overhaul of the way they are managed. MORE

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    Defra Statement: Draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill 2018

    In force/
    Current
    Legislation
    England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales
    Published
    22 Dec 2018

    Commentary

    19/12/2018 A consultation on environmental principles and governance after EU exit was published in May 2018.

    Characteristics

    Subject

    General policy Land and development Sustainable development

    Source

    DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

    Affected Sectors

    Cross-sector Public Sector Conservation Land Management and Landscaping
  • The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/871)
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    The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/871)

    In force/
    Current
    Legislation
    England, Scotland, Wales
    Published
    30 May 2018

    Commentary

    14/12/2012 Amending Regulations published with new recovery/recycling targets
    04/11/2014 Amending Regulation SI 2014/2890 published.
    11/12/2017 Amending Regulations ( SI 2017/1221) published.
    11/05/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/575) published.
    08/02/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/188) published.

    Compliance Dates

    16/03/2007 Comes into force for Great Britain (see regulation 1) on 16/03/2007
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    07/04/2011 Producers who are unregistered during a relevant year should register with the appropriate agency before 7 April in that year (see regulation 7)
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    07/04/2016 Producers who are unregistered during a relevant year should register with the appropriate agency before 7 April in that year (see regulation 7)
    07/04/2017 Producers who are unregistered during a relevant year should register with the appropriate agency before 7 April in that year (see regulation 7)
    07/04/2018 Producers who are unregistered during a relevant year should register with the appropriate agency before 7 April in that year (see regulation 7)
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    Characteristics

    Subject

    Products Waste

    Source

    OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

    Affected Sectors

    Cross-sector Manufacturing Wood And Wood Products Pulp Paper And Paper Products Plastics Rubber And Plastic Products Glass Metal Steel Packaging Recycling Waste and Cleaning Retail and Wholesale
  • The Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/1001)
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    The Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/1001)

    In force/
    Current
    Legislation
    England, UK
    Published
    30 Jan 2019

    Commentary

    01/02/2018 Amending Regulations 2018( SI 2018/110) published., 23/01/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/74) published.

    Compliance Dates

    11/06/2010 Come into force for England only, apart from Regulations 3(a), Part 4, and Regulation 32, which extend to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (see Regulation 1)

    Characteristics

    Subject

    Air

    Source

    OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

    Affected Sectors

    Cross-sector Manufacturing Transport Offices Real Estate and Public Administration Public Sector
  • The National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/129)
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    The National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/129)

    In force/
    Current
    Legislation
    England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, UK, Wales
    Published
    30 Jan 2019

    Commentary

    05/02/2018 An explanatory memorandum was published alongside these Regulations., 23/01/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/74) published.

    Compliance Dates

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    Characteristics

    Subject

    Air Industrial regulation

    Source

    OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

    Affected Sectors

    Cross-sector Agriculture Animal Boarding and Pest Control Fishing and aquaculture Forestry Mining and Quarrying Food Products Beverages And Tobacco Pulp Paper And Paper Products Coke Refined Petroleum Products And Nuclear Fuel Chemicals Chemical Products And Man-Made Fibres Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products Cement Glass Basic Metal Production and Processing Metal Steel Electricity Gas Waste and Cleaning Construction Transport Road Transport Aviation Rail Transport Shipping Public Sector
  • The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/1154)
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    The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/1154)

    In force/
    Current
    Legislation
    England, Wales
    Published
    29 Jan 2019

    Commentary

    02/11/2017 Amending Regulations (SI 2017/1012) published.
    01/02/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/110) published.
    03/04/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/428) published.
    11/05/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/575) published., 26/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( SI 2018/1227) published., 30/11/2018 Amending Regulations ( WSI 2018/1216) published., 17/01/2019 Amending Regulations ( SI 2019/39) published.

    Compliance Dates

    01/01/2017 Comes into force

    Characteristics

    Subject

    Air Industrial regulation Waste Water

    Source

    OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

    Affected Sectors

    Cross-sector Agriculture Animal Boarding and Pest Control Mining and Quarrying Oil Manufacturing Food Products Beverages And Tobacco Textiles And Clothing Leather And Leather Products Wood And Wood Products Pulp Paper And Paper Products Coke Refined Petroleum Products And Nuclear Fuel Chemicals Chemical Products And Man-Made Fibres Plastics Cement Glass Basic Metal Production and Processing Metal Steel Aluminium Fabricated Metal Products Machinery And Equipment Not Elsewhere Classified (Engineering) Electrical And Optical Equipment Transport Equipment (Vehicles Manufacture and Repair) Manufacturing not classified elsewhere Recycling Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Consumer Goods Water Electricity Gas Waste and Cleaning Publishing Printing and Mass Media

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