In a significant development, Britain stated it would bring about legally binding targets on air quality, biodiversity, waste reduction, and cleaner water as part of efforts to combat climate change, rebuild the economy and improve the environment.
These green targets which formed part of the environment bill that was introduced in 2019 is set to resume its passage in parliament in the coming weeks. It is aimed at bring about systemic changes in current and future governments and introduce a system of compliance for improving the environment.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to “build back greener” economy with Britain striving to recover from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, which caused the economy to shrink by a fifth during the second quarter.
On Wednesday, Britain’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stated, “targets will be set in the four areas of air, waste, biodiversity and water.”
Britain has also created a new environmental watchdog, the Office for Environmental Protection, which will report annually on the government’s progress against the targets. The new department will also oversee Britain’s move towards its 2050 net zero-emissions target.
Incidentally, Britain was the first G7 country to commit to a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target for 2050, and will host the United Nations’ climate summit in November 2021 after it was delayed from 2020 by the pandemic.