Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit

Closes 2 Aug 2018

Opened 10 May 2018

Overview

When we leave the EU, we will be able to build on the successes achieved through our membership, and address the failures, to become a world-leading protector of the natural world. We have also published the 25 Year Environment Plan, which sets out this Government’s ambition for this to be the first generation that leaves the environment in a better state than that in which we inherited it. These good intentions must be underpinned by a strengthened governance framework  that supports our environmental protection measures and creates new mechanisms to incentivise environmental improvement. 

Why We Are Consulting

We have launched this consultation on the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill. This new piece of legislation will mark the creation of a new, world-leading, statutory and independent environmental watchdog to hold government to account on our environmental ambitions and obligations once we have left the EU. This new body will work alongside a new policy statement setting out the environmental principles that will guide successful and sustainable policy-making, marking the beginning of a new era for our environment. 

This document addresses some of the key questions around how environmental principles should be embedded into law, public policy-making and delivery, and what functions and powers the new environmental watchdog should have to oversee environmental law and policy.  It is set out in three parts:

Part 1 – Environmental Principles

Part 2 – Accountability for the Environment

Part 3 – Overall Environmental Governance

The consultation proposals apply to England and reserved matters only.

If you would like to keep in contact with us, to express interest in this any other Defra consultation. Please give us your details through the link below.

https://gov.smartwebportal.co.uk/defra/public/webform.asp?id=108&id2=1D06F7

 

Give Us Your Views

Audiences

  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • All Marine Users
  • Government Departments
  • Government Agencies
  • Devolved Administrations
  • Coastal Members of Parliament
  • Coastal local authorities
  • National Park Authorities
  • Recreation sector
  • Coastal Management sector
  • Aggregates sector
  • Energy sector
  • Industries and professional services
  • Ports and Harbour Authorities and Estuaries
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • IFCAs
  • Water Abstractors
  • Environmental professional services
  • House Building Industry
  • Legal and Conveyancing Professions
  • Households
  • Local Authorities
  • Waste Producers and Handlers
  • Business/Private Sector
  • Policy Teams
  • Transport Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • WEEE Treatment Facilities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Electrical re-use organisations
  • All Defra staff and ALBs
  • Farmers
  • Fishermen
  • SME businesses
  • Energy suppliers
  • Water suppliers
  • Leisure industry
  • Tourism industry
  • Insurance industry
  • Horticulture Industry
  • Tenant Farmers
  • Agricultural Landlords
  • Trading Standards Officers
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Professional and Membership Organisations/Agencies
  • Public Bodies
  • Consultants

Interests

  • Natural environment
  • Local nature partnerships
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Green infrastructure
  • Ecosystems services
  • Green economy
  • Sustainable development
  • National Adaptation Programme
  • Flooding
  • Marine
  • Marine Conservation Zones
  • Marine licensing
  • Waste and recycling
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Water Bill
  • Water conservation
  • Bathing waters
  • Sewerage
  • Air pollution
  • Ozone
  • Chemicals and pesticides
  • Noise
  • Local environments
  • Aarhus Convention
  • Pollution Sector
  • Conservation
  • Water Abstraction
  • House Building and Planning
  • Construction
  • Water Act
  • Marine Conservation
  • Consultations
  • Impact Assessments
  • DEFRA Policy
  • Water Industry licencing
  • Policy and Delivery
  • Poultry industry
  • Dairy industry
  • Wine industry
  • Cattle
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Sheep and goats
  • Marine fisheries
  • Farm management
  • Cross compliance
  • Nitrates and watercourses
  • Meat Industry
  • National Parks
  • Conservation
  • Industry organisations representing tenant farmers and landlords
  • Solicitors specialising in agricultural law
  • Wildlife management
  • Protecting wildlife