MPs concerned about increasing Brexit-related work for Defra

Environment Secretary Michael Gove told the Environmental Audit Committee longer term work streams for his department could increase from 43 to 70 triggered by Brexit

High Court rules UK’s air pollution plans are ‘unlawful’

The High Court has ruled the UK Government’s current air pollution plans are “unlawful”. Justice Graham told the London court of the government’s failure to require action from 45 local authorities with illegal air pollution levels. He has ordered ministers to require local authorities to investigate and identify measures to tackle pollution in 33 towns […]

Gove raises concerns over water firms’ ‘tax havens and excessive profits’

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has hit out at water companies over their use of “tax havens and excessive profits”. In a letter to Jonson Cox, Chairman of water regulator Ofwat, Mr Gove warned concerns about water companies’ behaviour “will only deepen” if dry weather experienced in the autumn results in some firms introducing hosepipe bans […]

New Defra regulations ‘to cost NHS £300m’

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is set to heap further pressure on NHS finances by preventing Trusts from participating in energy demand response programmes as it implements the EU Medium Combustion Plant Directive. New analysis shows NHS finances will lose out more than £27 million per year from 2019 once these […]

New rules to tackle water pollution from agriculture

New rules to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England have been announced. Defra expects the new legislation, which requires good farming practice, to come into effect on 2nd April 2018. The rules include conducting soil tests at least every five years, planning use of manures and fertilisers and assessing whether there is a […]

English councils offered £2m to tackle air pollution

Local authorities in England can bid for a share of at least £2 million to tackle air pollution. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will provide the funding to councils that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). Local authorities have been carrying out reviews and assessments of air quality […]

Half of farmers are barley bothered about emissions

More than half of British farmers place little or no importance on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when making decisions. That’s according to new statistics released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which track a series of environmental indicators in the agriculture industry year-on-year. The information charts the industry’s progress towards its […]

Government to announce diesel scrappage scheme?

The UK Government is to reportedly announce a diesel scrappage scheme in the next few days. According to The Times, Environment Secretary Michael Gove will unveil a “very, very targeted scheme” to encourage motorists to give up their polluting diesel cars in favour of greener vehicles. The Department for Food, Environment & Rural Affairs’ (Defra) […]

Bids open for £10m peatland restoration

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a £10 million fund to restore peatland across England. Peatlands cover around 11% of the country and not only provide a key habitat for wildlife but also store 70% of the country’s drinking water and more than 3.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. It is […]

Government criticised for ‘weak’ and ‘toothless’ air pollution plans

The government’s draft plans to tackle air pollution in the UK has been criticised as “weak”, “toothless” and “inadequate”. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) published the air quality plan today after it lost its High Court battle to delay it until after the general election. While the government has not committed […]