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In England it requires the setting of long-term targets in the areas of air quality, biodiversity, water, and resource efficiency and waste reduction. The Bill also sets out the need for a new environmental watchdog to be created (the Office for Environmental Protection) and the development of a policy statement to be used by Ministers across government to embed environmental considerations in all policymaking.

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Environment Bill progresses through House of Lords

The Environment Bill returned to Parliament following the Queen’s speech and is making progress through the House of Lords.

30th July 2021

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The government has announced a delay to the Environment Bill’s passage through Parliament, due to COVID-19 restrictions and a bottleneck of legislation making its way onto the statute book. It is expected that the Bill will receive significant interest in the Lords, and the pause means it will carry over into the next parliamentary session, rather than being rushed through without proper scrutiny, or risking being dropped.

26th March 2021

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Sustainability body IEMA has proposed a series of amendments to the UK government's flagship Environment Bill after it was reintroduced to parliament today.

30th January 2020

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A new bill will enshrine legally-binding environmental targets and principles into UK law, including for air quality, the Queen's Speech has reaffirmed today.

19th December 2019

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The Environment Bill was published on 15 October – the first new environment act for a generation.

13th December 2019

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New legally binding targets for environmental improvement will be introduced in an Environment Bill over the next session of parliament, the Queen's Speech confirmed today.

14th October 2019

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IEMA's chief policy advisor Martin Baxter met with the Chancellor Phillip Hammond and Environment Secretary Michael Gove at 11 Downing Street to discuss the forthcoming Environment Bill.

30th May 2019

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IEMA calls for an Environment Bill that puts sustainability at the heart of the UK economic model.

2nd May 2019

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