Policy paper

Environment Bill 2020

Documents related to the 2020 Environment Bill. The Bill will bring into UK law environmental protections and recovery.


The Environment Bill 2020 and Bill documents (including impact assessments)

19 August 2020: Environment Bill - environmental targets - Annex 1

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This statement sets out how the Environment Bill will put the environment at the centre of policy making. It will make sure that we have a cleaner, greener and more resilient country for the next generation.

It includes details on:

  • creating a new governance framework for the environment
  • a new direction for resources and waste management
  • improving air quality
  • securing our water services
  • enhancing our green spaces
  • updating laws on chemicals (REACH)

The environmental targets policy paper sets out how we will develop our long term targets under the Environment Bill framework.

Published 30 January 2020
Last updated 1 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. We have removed the information about the Interim Environmental Governance Secretariat (IEGS) as the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) is now operating.

  2. Environment Bill factsheets updated.

  3. Updated factsheets on nature and governance chapters to reflect government amendments, and updated air quality factsheet with latest statistics.

  4. Added the environmental targets policy paper.

  5. Added a link to the Environment Bill and impact assessments published on Parliament UK.

  6. Added factsheets for what the Environment Bill means for water, nature, air quality, waste and resources and governance.

  7. First published.