Environment Bill: The key amendments so far

With the Environment Bill passing its second reading in parliament last week, MPs have begun adding amendments on everything from a fracking ban to tough air quality limits. ENDS takes you through what we know so far.

1 Labour is seeking a full ban on fracking

A moratorium on fracking, introduced by the previous government, would become a full ban on issuing new fracking licences under an amendment tabled by the Labour Party. The amendment would also strip the validity of existing fracking licences three months after the bill’s approval.

2 Non-regression is back on the cards

While the government added a new clause to the bill in January commiting ministers to make a statement on whether a bill would diminish existing green protections, Labour’s shadow DEFRA team has gone further, adding a full non-regression provision. Under Labour’s amendment, the environment secretary would have “a duty to ensure that there is no diminution in any protection afforded by any environmental standard which was effective in UK domestic law on IP [implementation period] completion day”.

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