NET ZERO & THE 25 YEAR
• The 25 year environment plan
• The environment bill
• The list of 10 goals
• Defining the trade-offs
• The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) and the CCC
THE 25 YEAR ENVIRONMENT PLAN
The key objective:
“to be the first generation to
leave the natural environment in
a better state than it inherited”.
THE ENVIRONMENT BILL
• Place 25 year plan on a statutory basis
• Is this for the overall objective, or for the 10 goals or the regulatory process?
• Like the CCA and the CCC? Or watered down?
• The principles – including public goods for public money, the polluter pays and net
THE 10 GOALS OF THE 25 YEAR
• Enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment
• Mitigating and adapting to climate change
• Minimising waste
• Managing exposure to chemicals
• Enhancing biosecurity
• Clean air
• Clean and plentiful water
• Thriving plants and wildlife
• Reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards such as flooding and drought
• Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
DEFINING THE TRADE OFFS
• Some examples:
• Fast going spruce conifers vs. broadleaf woodland
• Impact on rivers and biodiversity
• Bio crops and biofuels vs. biodiverse rich farmland
• Cattle & sheep and grazing vs. vegan and vegetarianism
• Protecting fragile uplands
• Vs. onshore windfarms and the roads and access
• Protecting the landscapes
• Vs. onshore wind and solar parks
THE OEP AND THE CCC
• Who is in charge?
• The statutory status of the other 9 goals vs. no 7 on climate change?
• OEP/CCC or who else determine the trade-offs?
• The long-term parliamentary commitment
And dealing with the consumption dimension.