The Environmental Bill

News on the impending mandate is constantly changing – so here’s a quick summary of our latest update on the bill:

LATEST UPDATE

The Environmental Bill is a landmark legislation that makes provisions for the protection and improvement of the natural environment. It has completed its third reading in the House of Commons and is now in the report stage, following its second reading in the House of Lords. 

Once it has come into force, ministers will be required to maintain and enhance environmental protections in future legislation and the government will be committed to setting long-term binding targets in air quality, water, resource efficiency, biodiversity, and waste reduction by 31st October 2022. Strategies for environmental improvement will be set out in national Environmental Improvement Plans (EIP) and Local Nature Recovery Strategies. The Office for Environment Protection, established under the bill, will provide independent scrutiny of progress towards environmental targets. 

Key amendments so far include:

  • A mandatory 10% biodiversity net gain requirement to apply to new developments and nationally significant
    infrastructure projects;
  • The introduction of a legally binding target for species abundance for 2030. 

IMPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESSES

The Environmental Bill sets out to clarify how we can work towards improving the natural environment for future generations, ensuring environmental protections are not weakened following the UK’s exit from the EU.

It is going to set out legally binding targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and tapping into the green economy so we can help the UK become a world leader in this field. All businesses, big and small, public and private, will be legally bound to fulfil ecological goals by given deadlines.

As with all new laws and targets, you may be questioning its relevancy or complexity. That’s where we come in with comprehensive natural solutions that enable you to navigate the requirements while keeping your business life simple.

Through effective and timely planning with Wanderlands, your requirements will be easy to meet, and together we’ll be able to help our economy while creating a more sustainable future.

We’d love to hear from you.