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. Managing the use and disposal of radioactive and nuclear substances and waste

    How our policy planning controls and prevents the risks in using, storing and disposing of nuclear and radioactive substances and waste.

  4. 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.

  5. Making sustainable development a part of all government policy and operations

    How the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) encourages sustainable development across government.

See all 15 policies

Detailed guides

  1. Moving fish and shellfish

    Your legal responsibilities if you move live fish, and what to record and submit to the Fish Health Inspectorate Read more

  2. National Recovery Guidance: environmental issues

    Guidance primarily aimed at local responders covering environmental issues that may arise during the Recovery Phase of an emergency in the UK Read more

  3. Local authority collected waste – definition of terms

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

  4. Managing fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances

    Guidance for commercial, industrial and public sector organisations who use fluorinated greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances Read more

  5. Dealing with hazardous substances in metal manufacturing

    Treatment, handling and storage of hazardous substances and correct disposal of hazardous waste in metal production and processing. Read more

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