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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Environment Bill briefing

Environment Bill briefing

Due to return in the next parliamentary session after its latest delay, it seems the Environment Bill will finally receive royal assent in the autumn. Since the bill was introduced, however, numerous amendments have been made and there remain a great many question marks surrounding key targets and the timetable for implementation, among other issues. Here's what you need to know... Read more

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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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Environmental Politics

‘Fiddling while Rome burns’: Lords rally against ‘weasel words’ of government species target

The Environment Bill entered its second day of debate in the House of Lords yesterday, with the detail of the government’s amendment to introduce a species abundance target described as 'very disappointing'

Environmental Politics

Environment Bill: Green groups cautiously welcome net gain amendment for larger infrastructure projects

Green groups have cautiously welcomed a government amendment to the Environment Bill which would expand the scope of the proposed biodiversity net gain mechanism to cover major infrastructure projects, but have warned that some major infrastructure schemes may not be covered by the duty

Environmental Politics

'This bill must be right': Environment Bill returns to House of Lords

Yesterday the Environment Bill returned to the House of Lords for the first day of committee stage debate, with peers calling for the bill to leave the upper chamber in 'significantly better shape', and urging caution that it is better to get its contents right than to meet an 'artificial' legislative timetable

Environmental Law

Environment Bill: Nationally significant infrastructure net gain amendment published

The government has published its amendment to the Environment Bill giving effect to a biodiversity net gain requirement for nationally significant infrastructure projects

Analysis

Environmental Politics

Government response to the Dasgupta review: 15 things you need to know

Government response to the Dasgupta review: 15 things you need to know

A wealth of new measures were included in the government’s response to Sir Partha Dasgupta’s review of the economics of biodiversity, from greener schools to applying net gain to major infrastructure projects. Here’s what you need to know

Biodiversity / conservation

Will DEFRA’s species reintroduction task force take flight?

Natural England is to lead a new task force aimed at bringing back lost and dwindling species, but many questions remain unanswered. Wil Crisp reports

Legislation

The green impacts of the Queen’s Speech: 8 things you need to know

The Queen’s Speech confirmed the Environment Bill’s return to parliament, but there are fears a new Planning Bill could undermine its green protections and there was no promise of new legislation to help the UK meet its new, tougher emissions reductions targets. Here’s what you need to know

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'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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