Environment Bill: Pow moves to clarify green watchdog’s climate remit

DEFRA minister Rebecca Pow has tabled a series of amendments to the Environment Bill that seek to clarify how the government’s green watchdog scrutinises climate change policy.

The amendments state that the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), which will oversee the application of environmental law after the Brexit transition period, “must not monitor the implementation of, or report on, a matter within the remit of the Committee on Climate Change”.

In October 2019, the government had added climate change to the OEP’s areas of scrutiny following feedback from green groups and businesses, saying climate change legislation would lie “within its enforcement powers”, thus “ensuring there is no governance gap in relation to climate change legislation”, said DEFRA at the time

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