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
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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DEFRA’s Brexit-related statutory instruments have created ‘significant governance gaps in the application, interpretation and enforcement of environmental law’, a new analysis has found. Here’s what you need to know
Exempting major infrastructure from biodiversity net gain 'risks undermining government’s green agenda’
Three major planned infrastructure projects will result in net loss of more than 500 hectares of natural habitat, demonstrating that such schemes should not be exempt from biodiversity net gain rules, according to an analysis from the charity the Wildlife and Countryside Link
DEFRA’s plan to place a duty on ministers to have 'due regard' to a new statement on environmental principles when making policy has been met with concern over its lack of strength and the number of 'unnecessary loopholes' built into it
A temporary green watchdog to assess government progress against environmental goals will be established in July and will set out the permanent Office for Environmental Protection’s strategy and enforcement policy, the government has announced
Loopholes and caveats in DEFRA’s long-awaited policy statement on environmental principles will undermine government rhetoric, critics believe. Catherine Early reports
Two recent Public Accounts Committee inquiries have questioned DEFRA’s ability to lead other departments, and even its own agencies, to achieve its aims for the environment. Catherine Early reports
A ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU that the UK had broken air pollution law for a decade has been embarrassing for the government, but will it have any impact on the nation’s air quality? Isabella Kaminski reports
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?
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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