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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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... Read more

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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

Brexit Hub Legislation

Environment Bill: Government urged to tweak target setting process

The provisions in the Environment Bill requiring ministers to set binding environmental targets risk leading to only piecemeal improvements without a rethink of how they function, MPs heard on Thursday

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

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

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Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: What we learned from the committee stage

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

Brexit Hub Legislation

Environment Bill: The key amendments so far

With the Environment Bill passing its second reading in parliament last week, MPs have begun adding amendments on everything from a fracking ban to tough air quality limits. ENDS takes you through what we know so far

Environmental Politics

10 demands made by the Natural Capital Committee

The government advisors’ seventh annual report, published this week, offered some strongly-worded criticism of the government’s flagship green plans, including the environment and agriculture bills. Here’s what you need to know about the committee’s key demands

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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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