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Questions of environmental justice, the climate crisis, biodiversity and resource management are among the defining issues of our time. The law, litigation and legal process have a fundamental role to play in shaping the debates, policy development and decision-making in these areas. Against that background, FTB's specialist team of environmental lawyers is pleased to be launching the Environmental Law Blog (ELB) in the coming weeks. Blog posts will be posted on a dedicated page on our website, and you can subscribe to be notified of new blog posts here.

ELB seeks to provide insights, updates and commentary on developments in environmental law and policy. From the Environment Bill to climate litigation, from ground-breaking domestic and international cases to developments in environmental policy, ELB will endeavour to cover the issues that matter most for those working in, and affected by, environmental law.

Does the Environment Bill ‘enshrine’ environmental principles in English law?

The Queen’s Speech of December 2019, i.e. that of the second Johnson government, announced a new Environment Bill, which would ‘enshrine in law environmental principles and legally-binding targets’. It was notable modification of the earlier statement about the same Bill made in October 2019 in the Queen’s Speech of the first Johnson government, which had stated that: ‘for the first time, environmental principles will be enshrined in law’.

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The scrutiny and Advice Functions of the Office for Environmental Protection

The Office for Environmental Protection (“OEP”) is to be a new, independent, statutory body created under the Environment Bill to support environmental protection, improve the natural environment and hold public bodies to account. It is expected that the OEP will begin implementing its non-statutory functions in July.  

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Biodiversity net gain
Net Biodiversity Gain: The Nuts and Bolts (1 of 2)

This is the first of a two-part series on the net biodiversity gain provisions set out in the Environment Bill. They would make it a mandatory condition for most development to achieve a 10% biodiversity net gain in order to proceed.

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Climate Change
Climate Change Bill (Northern Ireland) 2021

On 10 May 2021, after six hours of plenary debates, the Climate Change Bill (Northern Ireland) 2021 (the Bill) passed its second stage, with 58 votes in favour and 29 against. Introduced on 22 March by Clare Bailey MLA, it remains the only attempt by the Assembly to put Northern Ireland’s climate change policy on a statutory footing.

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Climate Change
Environment Bill 2019-21: Conservation Covenants (Part 2 of 2: breach, enforcement, modification/discharge, declarations)

This is Part 2 of our blog posts on Conservation Covenants (“CC”). If you missed it, Part 1 can be found here .

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Climate Change
Environment Bill 2019-21: Conservation Covenants (Part 1 of 2: what they are and how they work)

Background of the Environment Bill 2019-21

The previous version of the bill- the Environment Bill 2019- fell at the dissolution of Parliament for the General Election in December 2019. It was reintroduced in substantially the same form in the current Parliament and is called The Environment Bill 2019-21.

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What’s SUP? Single-Use Plastics, the Internal Market Act and the Marine Environment of Wales

Since the mellifluous narration of Sir David Attenborough in Blue Planet II alerted millions of horrified viewers to the shocking ubiquity of plastic pollution in the global oceans, there has been a vociferous popular demand for reg

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Impacts of Delay on the Environment Bill

The Environment Bill is intended to replace some aspects of the EU environmental regulation structure and to set long-term, legally binding environmental targets to build a ‘fairer, greener, more resilient future’.

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Climate Law & Litigation in Ireland

On 31 July 2020, a seven-judge Supreme Court delivered judgment in Friends of the Irish Environment CLG v Government of Ireland [2020] IESC 49.

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Statement on entries

While the blog has been set up and run by FTB members, we welcome guest posts on all aspects of environmental law, policy and practice – please contact our editorial team at elb@ftbchambers.co.uk if you are interested in contributing.

All contributors post in their individual capacity and the blog is not intended to convey legal or other professional advice through any of its posts. No warranty is given, nor liability accepted, for any of its contents.