THE WHAT? The UK government has committed to setting legally binding targets for biodiversity, air quality, water and waste, according to a report published by Edie.
THE DETAILS An update to the Environment Bill, published last week, revealed that the Department for Food, Environmental and Rural Affairs (Defra) is putting together set goals for each of the four priority areas, to be achieved by for the mid-to-late 2030s.
Targets will be set in statute on or before the end of October, 2022, Defra promised.
THE WHY? Having been shelved during the pandemic, it’s encouraging to see the Environment Bill back on the agenda. By enshrining its objectives in law without further delay, Defra will be providing certainty to businesses as well as coming good on part of the government’s promise to build a ‘greener and more resilient economy’ post COVID.