In response to today's DEFRA announcement on the new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, Libby Sandbrook, Head of Circular Economy at Business in the Community, said:
"Businesses will welcome this proposition as it is critical that they operate within a clear and supportive legislative and policy framework while they ensure their business models and investments support long-term environmental sustainability.
"While this body will focus on environmental policy and legislation, they could have an important role in ensuring that environmental goals underpin all relevant Government policies and go beyond DEFRA to include the work of other departments. For example, making sure that circular, low carbon and other environmental objectives are embedded in the implementation of the Industrial Strategy by BEIS. There is a real opportunity here to join up the work of different departments and make sure that all are supporting the overarching goal set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan to 'be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than that in which we inherited it'."