The Environment Bill sets out government’s ambition to ensure the environment is protected following the UK’s departure from the EU.
It sets out to ‘enhance wildlife, tackle air pollution, transform how the UK manages its resources and waste, and improve the resilience of water supplies in a changing climate to ensure we protect and restore the natural environment’.
The Environment Bill was first announced in 2018 under former Prime Minister Teresa May but has been delayed and is yet to pass through parliament. It is expected to be read in Spring 2021 with legislation being passed in Autumn 2021.
The Bill will allow an independent Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) to hold governments and public bodies to account for environmental credentials as well as legally binding targets will be introduced for air quality, nature, water and resource and waste efficiency.