UK Environmental Bill 2019-2020
Currently, the UK’s water, air, waste and wildlife standards are enforced by the EU. Previous assertions by the government suggested that post-Brexit such standards would remain at a high level. However, several previous opportunities, four to date, have been passed up by the government without concrete commitment, leaving many to believe these assessments merely provide a veneer appearance of concern when in fact no real concern may exist.
The cost of a relaxation of the protection standards will have immeasurable and long term negative consequences to land, water, and wildlife.
This bill is up for debate today, the proceedings of which shall hopefully provide more clarity and firm commitment to maintaining high standards.
Summary of the Bill 2019-2020 as provided by Parliament:
To make provision about targets, plans and policies for improving the natural environment; to make provision for the Office for Environmental Protection; to make provision about waste and resource efficiency; to make provision about air quality; to make provision for the recall of products that fail to meet environmental standards; to make provision about water; to make provision about nature and biodiversity; to make provision for conservation covenants; to make provision about the regulation of chemicals; and for connected purposes.