Environment Bill continues through Parliament

The government’s legislation to transform our environment has returned to Parliament, with new amendments including a legally-binding 2030 species target and measures to reduce sewage discharges into rivers.

The Environment Bill will crack down on water companies that discharge sewage into rivers and will include a world-leading legally-binding species target for 2030, aiming to halt the decline of nature and to protect beloved British animals, such as red squirrels and hedgehogs.

The Bill will also help to clean up the country’s air, restore natural habitats and increase biodiversity, whilst also outlining how the government will reduce waste, make better use of resources, and improve management of water resources in a changing climate.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “As we build back greener from the pandemic, it is vital that we address the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss and protect and improve the environment for future generations. The Environment Bill will ensure we deliver the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth, which is why it is essential that we complete its passage into law as soon as possible.”

The legislation builds on the government’s action to protect the environment as set out in our 25 Year Environment Plan, with a binding commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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The Security Event is set to be the first major exhibition to take place in the sector when it opens its doors on 7-9 September 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham and for the first time it will also encompass the National Cyber Security Show.

digitech21 will seek to demystify the increasingly complex technology landscape and will showcase a host of public sector best practice case studies and the very best solution providers, each of whom are helping organisations to transform and improve the way in which the public sector delivers services to the citizen.

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