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We received 16,838 responses to this consultation from a range of different organisations and individuals. Most respondents reiterated the need for the government to act swiftly to help tackle illegal deforestation in UK supply chains.
As a result, we have committed to implementing due diligence provisions in the Environment Act at the earliest opportunity through secondary legislation. We will take into account consultation responses in developing this legislation and accompanying guidance, and will publish the government’s approach to secondary legislation in due course.
We want to know your views on implementing Environment Act provisions to tackle the use of illegally-produced ‘forest risk’ commodities in UK supply chains.
The Environment Act will make it illegal for large businesses in the UK to use forest risk commodities produced on land illegally occupied or used.
Secondary legislation is needed to implement these Environment Act provisions, and we are seeking views to inform the design of this legislation and accompanying guidance.