The Environmental Improvement Plan (2023) for England
Following on from our recent article relating to the government’s net zero review, this blog focusses on the latest publication from government.
The 25 Year Environment Plan was published in 2018 and set out ten environmental goals to help natures recovery. These included delivering clean air and water, enhancing biodiversity, reducing the risk of harm from environmental hazards and enhancing natural environment.
Government committed to refreshing the 25 year plan every five years and the Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP), published in January this year, marks that first review.
UK Government - 25 Year Improvement Plan (2018)
The EIP identifies an ‘apex goal’ of improving nature by halting the decline in our biodiversity so we can achieve thriving plants and wildlife.
To deliver this goal, government commits to:
These commitments correspond well with the objectives and goals set out in Rugby’s Climate Change Strategy with the strategy recognising the importance of the natural environment in reducing the impacts of climate change.
Rugby Climate Change Strategy - Natural environment 2030 goals
Given the alignment to the goals we have set in Rugby, the government’s commitments in respect of the ‘apex goal’ are very much welcomed.
Underpinning the government’s Apex Goal, the EIP makes various commitments which include:
UK Government Environment Improvement Plan (2023)
Again, these commitments correlate well to Rugby’s Climate Change Strategy and recognise some of the key challenges we face in delivering the strategy - such as improving local air quality, implementing the changes to waste collections set out in the Environment Act and working with landowners from all sectors in our Borough.
In delivering the EIP, Environment Secretary, Thérèse Coffey, said:
“ Our Environmental Improvement Plan sets out how we will continue to improve our environment here in the UK and around the world. Nature is vital for our survival, crucial to our food security, clean air, and clean water as well as health and well-being benefits.
We have already started the journey and we have seen improvements. We are transforming financial support for farmers and landowners to prioritise improving the environment, we are stepping up on tree planting, we have cleaner air, we have put a spotlight on water quality and rivers and are forcing industry to clean up its act.
Whether you live in a city or town, in the countryside or on the coast, join us in our national endeavour to improve the environment.”