Monthly Archives: "October, 2019"

Environment Bill Passes Second Reading Despite Opposition
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The Environment Bill has passed its second reading in the House of Commons and will now move to committee stage, following a lively debate between MPs. The bill builds on the 25 Year Plan for the Environment in the UK and will enshrine environmental principles in UK law for the first time ensuring that the environment will be placed at the centre of Government decision making. The Bill introduces a set of new environmental policies including powers to...

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MEES Consultation: Should EPC Rating B be the Target for 2030?
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The Government has released its latest consultation supporting the intention outlined in the Queen’s Speech last week to enshrine principles in law and set legally binding improvement targets to protect the environment. In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to legislate to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The Government aims to set a clear long-term trajectory to 2030 is designed to provide time and certainty to non-domestic landlords, businesses and the...

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Brexit Deal Agreed with EU: What is Next for the Green Policy
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The Government and the European Union have agreed on a deal for Brexit which would see the UK leave the union which will include a set of level playing field commitments on the environment. There is still no clarity around how the process will play out however as the deal is now subject to a vote in Parliament. If approved the UK could leave the EU on the intended deadline of 31 October 2019. The latest revised agreement includes...

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Queen’s Speech Introduces New Environment Bill, But Is This Enough?
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On Monday, 14 October 2019 the UK Government announced its plans, during the Queen’s Speech, for the long overdue Environment Bill. The Queen stated that the bill, published the following day, will enshrine principles in law and set legally binding improvement targets to reduce plastics, cut air pollution, restore biodiversity and improve water quality. The Government has clearly stated that its overall ambition is to leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it. The Bill outlines the...

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