The Environment Bill 

Everything you need to know about the Environment Bill, which sets out how the government intends to maintain environmental standards as the UK leaves the EU

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Environment Bill briefing

Environment Bill briefing

Due to return in the next parliamentary session after its latest delay, it seems the Environment Bill will finally receive royal assent in the autumn. Since the bill was introduced, however, numerous amendments have been made and there remain a great many question marks surrounding key targets and the timetable for implementation, among other issues. Here's what you need to know... Read more

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

43 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

43 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The Environment Bill has returned to parliament with new powers on plastic waste and a requirement for ministers to review and report on international green law. Here's what you need to know about what's new and what has been retained... Read more

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Land, Ecology & Development

‘Works of fiction’: Scientists disparage developers’ biodiversity gain plans

Scientists have warned that developers will be able to manipulate the government’s biodiversity net gain plans for new developments, having examined the schemes of early adopters

Agriculture & forestry

Eustice: Farmers must sign up to ELMs if England is to hit Environment Bill targets

The environment secretary has told MPs 'we need almost universal uptake' of the new environmental land management schemes from farmers and land managers to meet targets on water quality and biodiversity in the Environment Bill

Environmental Politics

Government re-commits to OEP five-year funding after backtrack

The government has re-committed to providing the Office for Environmental Protection with a five-year indicative budget, after appearing to have backtracked on it earlier this month

Environmental Politics

Ministers face ‘embarrassing’ backlash over Environment Bill during COP26

The government faces the embarrassing prospect of a House of Lords-instigated Environment Bill delay while the UK hosts the crucial COP26 climate summit, later this year

Analysis

Policy

Habitats Regulations: What plans to ‘refocus’ nature rules could mean for EU-derived case law

Habitats Regulations: What plans to ‘refocus’ nature rules could mean for EU-derived case law

The environment secretary says his plan to ‘refocus’ the Habitats Regulations is intended to deliver creative public policy thinking that delivers results, ‘rather than relying on change being set principally by litigation and case law’. Could recent case law that poses potential problems for the government’s housebuilding agenda be in his sights?

Environmental Law

Interview: Rebecca Pow on the latest amendments to the Environment Bill

As the government's flagship green legislation nears royal assent, environment minister Rebecca Pow speaks to ENDS about controversial plans to refocus the Habitats Regulations and measures in the bill to tackle sewage discharges from storm overflows

Brexit Hub Legislation

Mind the governance gap: Will environmental crimes go unpunished?

England's green watchdog's powers are curtailed by the Environment Bill and Wales is a long way from establishing any body to cover the governance gap left created by Brexit. Will this lead to an overall weakening of environmental protections? asks James Fair

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Parliament Brexit Hub

'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

'Too much wriggle room', 'Absurd caveat' – MPs and peers set out their Environment Bill green lines

As pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment Bill gets under way, some MPs and peers have already set their own ‘green lines’. Where will the flashpoints arise?

Environmental Law

38 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

38 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The landmark Environment Bill would make significant changes to laws relating to air quality, water resources, waste management, nature improvement and chemicals, and sets out how a new green watchdog would enforce environmental rules. Here’s what you need to know.

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