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.
Environment Bill articles
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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.
The Environment Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons on 26 February and is now at Committee stage, where a cross-party group of MPs, plus the environment minister, go through the Bill line by line and consider amendments, which will be considered by parliament.