‘Nutrient credits’: Government launches latest water pollution crackdown

Just days after the Environment Agency released a damning assessment of the water industry’s continuing failure to tackle sewage overflows and other serious pollution incidents, the government yesterday launched its latest package of measures to tackle water pollution across England. The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) unveiled a series of plans designed … Read more

‘Priority’ species in freefall across England, Defra confirms

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has this week published its fourth annual report on its progress against the objectives set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, analysing its performance against 50 natural capital indicators spanning air, water, waste, biodiversity, and soil. The update sets out a stark picture on the … Read more

Alan Lovell appointed as new Environment Agency chair

Alan Lovell has been appointed chair of the Environment Agency, where he will take up the reins in September following the departure of outgoing chair Emma Howard Boyd, the government announced yesterday. Lovell has spent much of his career in business, having served as CEO or chair at a number of leading businesses, primarily in … Read more

Missing crucial ingredients: Campaigners slam government’s new Food Strategy

The government is today facing fierce criticism over its new Food Strategy with critics from both the food and farming industry and the environmental movement accusing Ministers of producing a document that is “flatter than a pancake and missing most of the crucial ingredients needed to truly ensure our long-term food security”. The Department for … Read more

Around 50 peatland, tree planting and biodiversity projects scoop government grants

A tree planting project in Liverpool and a plan to restore peatlands at the Great Fen in Cambridgeshire are among 50 initiatives sharing in government grants announced today with an eye on unlocking further private investment into nature restoration and climate action across England. Individual grants of up to £100,000 have been awarded to environmental … Read more

Packet In: Pilot launched for household collection of flexible plastic

Industry-led consortium aims to recruit local authorities to take part in new FlexCollect project A three-year pilot to understand how to incorporate flexible plastics–used in the packaging of many consumer goodsinto household recycling services has been launched this week by an industry-led consortium, ahead of the government’s goal to introduce consistent nationwide recycling collections across … Read more