The new Environment Act gives the Government the ability to set long-term environmental improvement targets on air, water, nature and waste, explains Ruth Chambers.

In a historic move, the UK’s first dedicated Environment Act for nearly 30 years has become law. The Act is undoubtedly welcome and greatly improved since it was first proposed in draft form in 2018, thanks to a colossal effort involving Parliamentarians of all parties, businesses, NGOs and campaigners.

The Greener UK coalition of environmental organisations, set up in 2016 to make the case for strong post-Brexit environmental laws, has been at the heart of this, working with our partners at Wildlife and Countryside Link and other NGO coalitions, and drawing on the expertise and insights of policy, legal and communications specialists from across the sector. We pay tribute to the hard work of the dedicated teams of civil servants and ministers who have beavered away over three years to draft and amend these important laws.

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