The UK's future environmental policy

Thank you for contacting me about the UK's environmental policy. I read your email carefully and noted the points that you raise. 

 

Since 1990, the UK has cut emissions by more than 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds, the best performance on a per person basis than any other G7 nation. The Government's Energy Act puts Britain firmly on track to meet the 2050 target to reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases by 80 per cent and underpins the remarkable investment that the UK has seen in its low carbon economy. More than £52 billion has been invested in renewables, nuclear, and Carbon Capture technology since 2010.

 

The below link will take you to the Government's 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, which you may be interested to read:

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uplo…

 

The EU (Withdrawal) Act converts all EU environmental law into UK law when we leave the Union next year. The manifesto on which I and all Conservative MPs were elected last year also promised that we should be the 'first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it in.'

 

Outside the EU we can develop global gold standard environmental policies, taking smarter, more targeted approaches to the improvements we want to see. As a start, Ministers are consulting on a new independent, statutory body to advise and challenge the Government and potentially other public bodies on environmental legislation, stepping in when needed to hold them to account and enforce standards.

 

We can, and I believe we will, be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it.

 

But for now, thank you for bringing your views to my attention.