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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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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Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Brexit: Environmental laws ‘at risk of back-door regression’, say experts

Environmental rules and standards have become a sticking point in Brexit negotiations and are at risk of becoming outdated and less effective over time, according to a network of academics

Land, Ecology & Development

Draft biodiversity net gain standard launched

A draft standard for undertaking biodiversity net gain on development projects and estates has been published for consultation by the national standards body for the UK

Brexit Hub Legislation

Environment Bill: Government rejects air quality targets in line with WHO

Amendments to align the UK’s particulate matter targets with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines have been rejected by MPs scrutinising the Environment Bill, on the advice of DEFRA minister Rebecca Pow

Brexit Hub Biodiversity / conservation

Net gain: Biodiversity metrics ‘no substitute’ for ecological expertise

The measures in the Environment Bill mandating biodiversity net gain in new building projects could be undermined if developers rely on generalised assumptions about the value of different habitats, a consultancy has warned

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Air

Environment Bill: Why the government is reluctant to set tougher air quality targets

Environment Bill: Why the government is reluctant to set tougher air quality targets

An amendment to the Environment Bill, attempting to commit the government to reducing concentrations of small particulate matter, failed at the first hurdle. Adam Branson asks why ministers are resisting calls to set tougher targets in line with the World Health Organisation

Brexit Hub Water

Could the Environment Bill dilute water protections?

The Environment Bill contains provisions relating to water quality and abstraction that are causing concern, especially as post Brexit trade negotiations draw near. James Fair reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: What we learned from the committee stage

With the Environment Bill’s parliamentary journey suspended in light of the Covid-19 crisis, Simon Pickstone looks back at the key developments in MPs’ scrutiny of the bill this week

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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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