25 Year Environment Plan Tracker
25 Year Environment Plan Tracker

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • 25 Year Environment Plan Tracker
  • Context of the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Policies under the Plan
  • Progress and Monitoring

Context of the 25 Year Environment Plan

In January 2015, the Committee (NCC) recommended that the government draw up a 25 Year Plan for the Environment. The government manifesto in 2015 included a commitment to ‘develop a 25-year plan to restore the UK’s biodiversity and to ensure that both public and private investment in the environment is directed to where we need it most’. In January 2017, the NCC recommended that the 25 Year Plan should be placed on a statutory footing. For more information, see News Analysis: Developing the government’s 25-year environment plan.

In September 2017, the NCC issued advice on the government’s 25 year environment plan.

On 11 January 2018, A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment (25 YEP) was published. The basic goals of the Plan as outlined by Theresa May in the Foreword are ‘cleaner air, plants and animals which are thriving, and a cleaner, greener country for us all’. Implementation of the Plan is intended to leave the environment ‘in a better state than we found it and pass on to the next generation a natural environment protected and enhanced for the future’.

The 25-year goals set out in the 25 YEP are:

  1. clean air

  2. clean and plentiful water

  3. thriving plants and wildlife

  4. a reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards such