UK Environmental Scorecard

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Summary

Having examined a range of environmental issues over the course of this Parliament, we have in this report set out our ‘environmental scorecard’ and the policy levers that now need to be more rigorously applied to protect our environment while also promoting sustainable development.The Prime Minister stated in May 2010 “I want us to be the greenest government ever”. The Government has made some progress in some areas, including publishing a Natural Environment White Paper in 2011 and establishing the natural Capital Committee. The White Paper set out an ambition for this to be “the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it inherited”. It is not possible to measure precisely whether overall such ambitions have been achieved, but it is possible to identify the state of progress in particular areas of the environment, so the remainder are assessed as ‘amber’. In our scorecard we have assessed biodiversity, air pollution and flooding as ‘red’ risks, and thus areas of particular concern. In none of the 10 environmental areas we have examined is satisfactory progress being made.

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