Majority of actions in government's 25 Year Environment Plan 'underway'

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The 25 Year Environment Plan was published in January 2018

The majority of actions in government's 25 Year Environment Plan have been delivered or are in progress, according to a new report.

In the first progress report since the launch of the plan back in January 2018, 90% of proposals have been acted on.

These include reducing plastic pollution by banning plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers, extending the 5p plastic charge and publishing a Resources and Waste Strategy.

It has also launched a Fisheries Bill to protect the marine environment, launched a microbead ban back in 2017 and is currently consulting on 41 new marine conservation zones.

The 25 Year Environment Plan aims to improve the environment over a generation by reducing plastic pollution, creating richer habitats for wildlife, improving air and water quality and

The review has been published as part of the Year of Green action- a drive to get more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world.

Thérèse Coffey, environment minister, said: “Through our landmark 25 Year Environment Plan and upcoming Environment Bill, we are committed to bold action on tackling plastic waste, reforming farming, protecting our landscapes and boosting wildlife. While progress is encouraging, we know there is still more to do.”

Government is current preparing its first Environment Bill for 20 years, which has been criticised by MPs for a lack of independence of the proposed environmental watchdog.

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