The Government’s announcement of a delay to the passage through Parliament of the Environment Bill, while understandable, is a significant cause for concern. The Bill is urgently needed to put in place an effective governance framework to enhance environmental protection and reverse nature’s decline.

Commenting on the delay, IEMA’s CEO, Sarah Mukherjee, said:

“At a time when the Government seeks to claim world leadership on green issues ahead of hosting the UN Conference on Climate Change (CoP26) and the G7 world leaders summit, it is disappointing that the Bill’s passage will be paused until the next Parliamentary session. Whilst we acknowledge the reasons for the delay, it is vital that Government uses the additional time to engage with stakeholders on improving the Bill and that the work needed to set long-term legally binding targets, establish the new Office for Environmental Protection and put environmental principles at the heart of policy-making continues apace. In the year when the UK is co-host of crucial international climate change talks, it is vital that the Bill completes its passage through Parliament before the summit begins in November.”

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Sarah Mukherjee

Sarah Mukherjee is the CEO of IEMA. She was the BBC's Environment Correspondent for many years, presenting on national and international BBC radio and television news, working – and winning awards - across the world. Since leaving the Corporation, she has had leadership roles in utilities and agriculture. She was a panel member for the National Parks Review, and sits on the National Food Strategy Advisory Panel. She is a Trustee of the Woodland Trust and a governor of Harper Adams University.

Sarah has been a Campaign for Real Ale beer judge and a rugby reporter in the past - two activities she still enjoys - and is a runner and yoga addict.