The Environment Bill 

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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 Legislation

DEFRA: Safeguards will protect green watchdog's independence

The environment department has hit back again at accusations that the new Office for Environmental Protection will be more lapdog than watchdog

Brexit Hub Legislation

Eustice: Green groups have ‘misunderstood’ controversial watchdog amendment

Environment secretary George Eustice has defended the government’s move to enable it to direct the nascent Office for Environmental Protection’s enforcement policy via an amendment to the Environment Bill, describing it as a 'very normal standard clause'

Water resources, efficiency

EXCLUSIVE: DEFRA suspends demand-reduction policymaking despite stark water shortage warnings

Development of new water-reduction policies relating to leakage, smart metering, product labelling, building regulations and water-efficiency communication has been put on hold despite multiple warnings that parts of England could soon run out of water

Brexit Hub Legislation

Eustice borrows £536k to expedite green watchdog

DEFRA is seeking a cash advance of £536,000 so it can set up the new Office for Environmental Protection before the Environment Bill, which contains the legal framework for the watchdog, receives royal assent

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Biodiversity / conservation

Wildbelts and wildlife: Where will the UK’s new nature protection areas come from?

Wildbelts and wildlife: Where will the UK’s new nature protection areas come from?

Boris Johnson’s pledge to protect 30% of the UK for nature will require both new protected areas and improvements to existing land designations to make them fit for nature recovery, say green groups. Catherine Early reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Environment Bill: 5 things you need to know about the latest government amendments

A series of new government amendments to the Environment Bill have been tabled that would give the government powers to issue guidance to the post-Brexit green watchdog and empower Natural England to create new species conservation strategies. Here’s what you need to know

Biodiversity / conservation

Johnson’s new biodiversity target: 8 things you need to know

The prime minister has announced with great fanfare that he intends to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030, alongside 30 other countries pledging to do the same. But how meaningful is the target and how likely is it that the goal will be achieved? ENDS takes a look at the government’s track record on nature

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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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