The Environment Bill and ‘Biodiversity Net Gain’

Robin Barnes

After all the delays caused by a general election and a global pandemic, it seems that we can finally expect the Environment Bill to become law in the next few months. As the transitional arrangements following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU have now ceased, the implementation of environmental legislation feels significant. Following the promises of a ‘green Brexit’, this is where the UK will set future standards on environmental protection. 

One would be forgiven for not remembering the Bill’s contents, and by way of a reminder, one of the aims of this Bill was to put a ‘duty to enhance’ biodiversity at the heart of policy in England and Wales. The Bill then introduces the concept of ‘biodiversity net gain’, and among other things, establishes the Office for Environmental Protection, which assumes the regulatory role previously filled by the European Commission. Click to read further…