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. Biodiversity and ecosystems

    How the government is working to protect and manage wildlife and areas of land, and protect biodiversity and ecosystems.

  2. Environmental quality

    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.

  3. Farming industry regulation

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

  4. Energy efficiency in buildings

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

  5. Waste and recycling

    How the government is working towards a zero waste economy by supporting the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste, and controlling hazardous waste.

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. Flood defences and structures: a guide for farmers and landowners

    How changes to flood defence maintenance might affect you, and what to do if a structure or feature on your land is a designated asset. Read more