On 13th March 2019, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, gave his Spring Statement to the House of Commons. The statement, compared to last year's Autumn Budget differed in that the Chancellor spent a significant proportion of his speech focusing on environmental issues. Key announcements for environmental businesses were: A 3-year Spending Review will be conducted before summer
Read EIC's response to the government consultation on Biodiversity net gain: updating planning requirements. Read here The response was formulated by the EIC Natural Capital Taskforce.
Read EIC's response to the Inquiry into the Environment Bill, jointly set up by the Environment Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee. Click here.
National emission targets: National emission reduction commitments have been set for five pollutants: fine particulate matter (PM2.5) – 30% reduction on 2005 baseline by 2020, 46% by 2030Ammonia (NH3) - 8% reduction on 2005 baseline by 2020, 16% by 2030nitrogen oxides (NOx) - 55% reduction on 2005 baseline by 2020, 73% by 2030sulphur dioxide (SO2) - 59% reduction on 2005
Today the government launched its Clean Air Strategy, following a consultation last summer on a draft version. EIC Executive Director Matthew Farrow commented Whatever course Brexit takes in the next few years, thousands of people will still be dying from air pollution. It is welcome to see the Government recognising that we must do better, and starting to set targets
DRAFT AGREEMENT ON UK’s WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EU – IMPLICATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENT POLICY It remains unclear whether the draft withdrawal agreement published last week will be enacted. If it does, the impact on UK environmental regulations are likely to be as follows: March 29 2019 to Dec 31 2020 – Transition period In the transition period all EU