Environment Bill

Thank you for contacting me about your concerns for the environment. I share your concerns for the environment and have been working closely with the Conservative Environment Network to promote action. Living in a place like Ynys Môn, it is impossible not to want to protect what we have for future generations. 

As set out in the 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, the decision to leave the European Union has created an opportunity to deliver a Green Brexit, where environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced.

I am pleased that the Bill will ensure the environment is at the heart of all policy making and that this and future governments are held to account if they fail to uphold their environmental duties. These will include meeting net-zero by 2050, as well as wider long-term legally binding targets on biodiversity, air quality, water, and resource and waste efficiency which will be established under the Bill.

The Office for Environmental Protection, a new, world-leading independent regulator, will be established in statute to scrutinise environmental policy and law, investigate complaints and take enforcement action when necessary. This will ensure we succeed in leaving the environment in a better condition than we found it. The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan will also be placed on a statutory footing, and a set of environmental principles will be introduced that will be used to guide future government policy making.

Regarding your concerns for the current PM2.5 target included in the Bill, I took your concerns to the Minister responsible for the Bill who said that she “will be consulting on the right level and engaging all relevant academic input”. I will monitor the decision closely to ensure the final target reflects the need for clean air. 

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