‘Independent body should measure green milestones’

An independent body should be established to measure the UK’s environmental milestones and track green targets. That’s the suggestion from the Natural Capital Committee (NCC), which have put together a […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

An independent body should be established to measure the UK’s environmental milestones and track green targets.

That’s the suggestion from the Natural Capital Committee (NCC), which have put together a series of recommendations for the government’s upcoming 25-Year Environment Plan.

It says the plan must work to get air quality to legal minimum levels, clean all ground waters and soils and give the public more access to open green spaces.

The NCC also stresses the importance of reducing flood risks and potential damage with engineered structures and upgraded, more flood resilient properties.

The organisation says the UK should plan to maintain wild species and habitats, reduce the volume of plastic entering the sea and improve peatland and woodland areas.

It says the UK must continue to hit its climate change obligations and lead other European countries in maximising the potential of its environment.