The government is working to protect our environment by reducing pollution, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, protecting areas of parkland, wildlife reserves and marine biodiversity, and enforcing regulations that keep our water and air clean. We also help communities avoid or recover from flooding and other weather-related hazards.

Policies 15

  1. Simplifying farming regulations

    How the government is making farm regulations easier to understand and use.

  2. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and using planning to protect the environment

    We need to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and make sure that planning policies help to protect and improve the environment.

  3. Encouraging businesses to manage their impact on the environment

    How the government is helping businesses to manage resources more efficiently and reduce their impact on the environment.

  4. Reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050

    We're moving the UK to a more efficient, low-carbon economy to meet our legally binding climate change targets.

  5. Protecting and enhancing our urban and natural environment to improve public health and wellbeing

    How we are working to improve air quality, reduce noise and other nuisances in the environment (like odours, smoke and artificial light), and improve the quality of the local environment.

See all 15 policies

Detailed guides

  1. Local authority collected waste – definition of terms

    Sets out changes in terminology in definitions relating to waste reporting obligations. Read more

  2. Wave and tidal energy: part of the UK's energy mix

    An explanation of the energy-producing potential of wave and tidal stream energy in the UK. Read more

  3. Local environment quality: economic analysis

    This guide explains how impacts on local environment should be incorporated into a cost benefit analysis. Read more

  4. Flood Risk Management Plans: what they are and who’s responsible for them

    Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) highlight the hazards and risks of flooding from rivers, the sea, surface water, groundwater and reservoirs, and set out how Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) work together with communities to manage flood risk. Read more

  5. CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme: Annual reporting

    The deadline for submitting your CRC annual report, the information you need to provide and how to report. Read more