The Environment Bill 

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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 Regulation

OEP will be ‘a watchdog not a lapdog’, says new chair

The forthcoming Office for Environmental Protection 'cannot be all things to all' but it will not become the lapdog that so many fear, its chair Dame Glenys Stacey has said

Brexit Hub Regulation

Green watchdog set-up remains ‘troubling’, say lawyers

Legal experts have voiced fears over the independence of the Office for Environmental Protection and its ability to hold public bodies to account for failing to adhere to environmental rules, highlighting a range of concerns about the way the body will be underpinned by law

Brexit Hub Regulation

‘Let’s avoid wanton regulation’: Bevan calls for ‘grown up’ approach to rules reform

Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan says changes to regulation following the UK’s departure from the EU should ensure green rules are risk based, proportionate, business friendly and outcome focused

Environmental Politics

MPs back Stacey to run green watchdog

Two House of Commons committees have supported the appointment of senior civil servant Dame Glenys Stacey to chair the Office for Environmental Protection

Analysis

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Does the Brexit deal endanger environmental protections?

Does the Brexit deal endanger environmental protections?

The deal states that the UK or the EU ‘shall not weaken or reduce’ protections but demonstrating breaches of the clause would mean one party having to prove that changes would affect trade or investment. David Burrows reports

Brexit Hub Enforcement

DEFRA’s new Environmental Governance Secretariat: 12 things you need to know

An interim green watchdog will be operational until at least summer next year while the Environment Bill completes its passage through parliament, the environment secretary confirmed this week. Here’s what you need to know

Biodiversity / conservation

Can nature recovery networks help rejuvenate the UK’s disappearing wildlife?

Will nature recovery networks revive the UK’s dwindling natural habitats or are they just another example of weak and underfunded ambition? James Fair reports

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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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