Last edited 14 Nov 2021

Environment Bill 2020

On 30 January 2020, the government introduced a far-reaching Environment Bill, previously included in the Queen’s speech. The Bill will enshrine environmental principles in law and introduce measures to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats.

It will also:

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “We have set out our pitch to be a world leader on the environment as we leave the EU and the Environment Bill is a crucial part of achieving this aim. It sets a gold standard for improving air quality, protecting nature, increasing recycling and cutting down on plastic waste. This will build on the UK’s strong track record as the first major economy to commit to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and will drive further action in this super year for the environment, culminating in the UK welcoming the world to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in November in Glasgow.”

John Alker, Director of Policy and Places at UKGBC said: “We should not lose sight of the significant achievements of this Bill, it is far-reaching in the issues it seeks to address, and it lays the foundation for a legal framework to deliver environmental recovery. However, the urgency with which action is required means we cannot afford to miss opportunities. Concerns over the adequacy of current proposals on air quality and the detail of the target process; alongside the independence, powers and budget of the Office of Environmental Protection, mean UKGBC will continue to engage closely with the Government to ensure the Bill can deliver on its promise.”

[edit] 2021 progress report

On 24 March 2021, additional measures were introduced to make manufacturers more responsible for the packaging they produce and incentivise consumers to recycle more.

This includes:

You can see the Bill at:

On 10 November 2021 the Environment Act was passed into law.


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