The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today responded to the Government’s Environment Bill receiving royal assent.
Simon McWhirter, Director of Communications, Policy & Places at UKGBC:
“We welcome the news that the Environment Bill has now received royal assent. With nature and biodiversity in the UK declining at an alarming rate, ambitious legislation and policy mechanisms are essential if we are to tackle this worrying trend. The built environment in particular has an important role to play. We welcome the inclusion of biodiversity net gain, and will continue to work with Government to help ensure new developments can genuinely help support nature’s recovery.
We also support the introduction of a new legal targets framework, covering nature water air and waste, and including a 2030 target to reverse species decline. UKGBC coordinated a letter with leading members in 2019, calling for the introduction of clear statutory targets across these areas, and supported the State of Nature Campaign’s calls for a specific target to reverse species decline by 2030.
As these ambitions move into law, we must now focus urgently on implementation and delivery. We must ensure genuinely positive outcomes are delivered across key policies such as biodiversity net gain, if we are to successfully tackle the considerable environmental challenges we face.”
Learn more about the Environment Act here.