The UK has moved a step forward today with the Second Reading of the Environmental Bill.
Environment Secretary George Eustice says:
“The Prime Minister is clear and so am I. We will deliver the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on Earth. This transformative Bill is at the heart of our work. It will see us recycling more and wasting less, breathing cleaner air, planting trees, safeguarding forests, and supporting nature recovery. Working to tackle climate change and reach net zero emissions.
“And this is just the start. 2020 is a massive year for our natural environment. The UK will take its place at the head of the world’s table when we host the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow”
The Environment Bill sets out a plan to protect and improve the natural environment in the UK, legislating to ensure the environment is centre in future policy making.
Transform environmental governance and put environmental principles into law.
Establish the new independent Office for Environmental Protection. Holding the government to account on the environment.
Introduce legally binding targets to drive action by this and all future governments to significantly improve air quality, nature, water, and resource and waste efficiency.
Acting as one of the key vehicles for delivering the bold vision set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, it brings about urgent and meaningful action to tackle the environmental and climate crisis.
Just a few weeks after the Bill has been introduced, the primary legislation is being brought forward for Second Reading in the House of Commons. This is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the new Bill.
The Bill sets a new and ambitious domestic framework for environmental governance. Maximising the opportunities created by leaving the European Union.
This landmark Bill will enhance wildlife, tackle air pollution, transform how we manage our resources and waste, and improve the resilience of water supplies in a changing climate. Ensuring the protection and restoration of the natural environment.
After the second reading has been completed, the Bill will then go to Committee Stage, followed with Report Stage. A third Reading will follow this before transferring to the House of Lords for further scrutiny.
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