Achievements & Announcements on the Environment

Below is a range of policy announcements categorised into key environmental policy areas. This list is by no means exhaustive and further categories will be added soon. You can find out more about each achievement by clicking on the (link) at the end of each sentence. 

To read my article on the environmental record of this Government and my response to the article in the Guardian about my (and many other MPs') voting record in relation to the environment please click hereYou can also read an open letter from MPs to the Guardian, in response to the article, by clicking here.
 

CLIMATE CHANGE

 

  • Ongoing - Reduced emissions faster than any other G7 nation, while leading the G7 countries in growth. (link)
  • Ongoing - Phasing out unabated coal by 2025. (link)
  • Ongoing - Launched the Treasury Net Zero Review assessing how to maximise economic growth opportunities from net zero - due to report ahead of the UN Climate Summit COP26 (2021). (link)
  • Ongoing - Consultation on bringing forward the ending of the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans to 2035 or earlier. (link)
  • Ongoing - Consulting on the Future Homes Standard to require new build homes to be net zero by 2025 (consultation closed Feb 2020). (link)
  • Ongoing - Providing £3 billion by 2022-23 for Contracts for Difference auctions to help develop less established renewable technologies. (link)
  • 2021 - UK to co-host COP26 (UN climate change summit) in Glasgow (alongside Italy). (link)
  • 2020 - New climate finance data published which shows that 31 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions were reduced globally in the last nine years as a result of UK intervention. (link)
  • 2020 - £10 million fund announced to help UK distilleries go green and cut emissions by switching to low carbon fuels such as hydrogen, and Hydrogen Advisory Council established. (link)
  • 2020 - Published new Walking and Cycling Plan for England - including a suite of measures to make cycling and walking easier and improve air quality, including a new national e-bike programme and Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme. (link)
  • 2020 - £139 million to cut emissions in heavy industry by supporting the transition from natural gas to clean hydrogen power and scaling up carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. (link)
  • 2020 - Set out plans for the Decarbonisation of Transport (final plan due later in 2020). (link)
  • 2020 - £149 million to drive the use of innovative materials in heavy industry. (link)
  • 2020 - £26 million to support advanced new building techniques. (link)
  • 2020 - £10 million boost for construction tech: 19 projects focused on improving productivity and building quality, for example, re-usable roofs and walls and “digital clones” of buildings that analyse data in real time. (link)
  • 2020 - Launching a New National Space Innovation Programme which will see the first £10 million go towards projects that will monitor climate change across the globe. (link)
  • 2020 - Opening up bids for £10million for R&D in the automotive sector, to help companies take cutting edge ideas from prototype to market, including more efficient electric motors or more powerful batteries. (link)
  • 2020 - £100 million for R&D into Direct Air Capture. (link)
  • 2020 - £40 million Green Jobs Challenge Fund to create and protect 5,000 conservation jobs. (link)
  • 2020 - £2 billion for Green Homes Grant - £5k energy efficiency vouchers (£10k for those who need additional support). (link)
  • 2020 - £1 billion for Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to offer grants to retrofit schools, hospitals and other public sector buildings with low carbon heat upgrades and energy efficiency measures. (link)
  • 2020 - £50 million demonstrator project for Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to help social landlords improve the least energy efficient social rented homes. (link)
  • 2020 - £2 billion funding package to support councils to create more walking and cycling infrastructure and have fast-tracked the legislation of e-scooters. (link)
  • 2020 - £533 million to extend Plug-in Grant schemes for ultra-low emission vehicles to 2023. (link)
  • 2020 - New £1 billion investment in green transport, including £500 million for car charging points. (link)
  • 2020 - Extension of the Renewable Heat Incentive. (link)
  • 2020 - Launching a new £100m scheme to help households and small businesses invest in low carbon heating systems. (link)
  • 2020 - £800 million investment in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). (link)
  • 2020 - Doubling the size of the Energy Innovation Programme. (link)
  • 2020 - Accelerating the greening of the gas grid by announcing a new support scheme for biomethane, funded by a Green Gas Levy. (link)
  • 2020 - A Green Heat Networks scheme to encourage new and existing heat networks to adopt low carbon heat sources, backed by £270 million funding. (link)
  • 2020 - Consultation on a route to market for onshore wind and solar (via CfDs). (link)
  • 2019 - UK becomes first major economy to pass net zero emissions law. (link)
  • 2019 - Reduced greenhouse gases by 28 per cent since coming to office in 2010. (link)
  • 2019 - Renewable electricity generation increases five-fold between 2009-2019. (link)
  • 2019 - Up to £1 billion to support electric vehicles supply chains in UK and R&D in clean automotive tech. (link)
  • 2019 - A study by PwC finds that the UK has decarbonised faster in the 21st century than any other G20 country, at 3.7 per cent a year. (link)
  • 2019 - Introduced fracking moratorium - on the basis of new scientific evidence. (link)
  • 2019 - UK aid partners with Gates Foundation to tackle global food insecurity. (link)
  • 2019 - UK to double its investment to help developing countries turn the tide against climate change and species loss = UK will increase its ICF support to at least £11.6 billion over the next five years, between 2021/22 to 2025/26. (link)
  • 2019 - £1 billion fund for British scientists to help tackle climate change. (link)
  • 2019 - £175 million package of UK aid to help protect 1 billion people from impacts of extreme weather. (link)
  • 2019 - Clean energy to power over seven million homes by 2025 at record low prices - around 6GW of clean energy is to be added to the grid by 2025. (link)
  • 2019 - Costs of offshore wind are now around 30% lower than the second auction held in 2017, with projects now being delivered for as low as £39.65/MWh. (link)
  • 2019 - £400 million fund to help develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles (£70 million will create 3,000 new rapid charge points, more than doubling the number of rapid charge points across the UK by 2024). (link)
  • 2019 - £142.9 million for R&D to combat air and water pollution and increase sustainability. (link)
  • 2019 - £142.9 million for R&D to combat air and water pollution, and increase sustainability  ( link )
  • 2019 - Green Finance Strategy introduced ( link )
  • 2019 - G7: UK announced £1.44billion contribution to international Green Climate Fund ( link )
  • 2019 - World-leading ambition for first “net-zero carbon” cluster by 2040 to cut emissions, backed by up to
  • £170 million funding  ( link )
  • 2019 - PM announced £10 million to protect & restore Amazon rainforest ( link )
  • Ongoing - £315 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) will support businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future. ( link )
  • 2019 - Offshore Wind Sector Deal - to provide a third of UK electricity from offshore wind by 2030 ( link )
  • 2019 - £26 million awarded to accelerate rollout of carbon capture and storage ( link )
  • 2019 - Becoming the first major economy in the world to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050 to end the UK’s contribution to climate change entirely ( link )
  • Ongoing - UK is to host COP26 (UN climate change summit) to encourage other countries to raise the ambition of their climate targets ( link )
  • Ongoing - Phasing out unabated coal by 2025 ( link )
  • Ongoing - Providing £3 billion by 2022-23 for Contracts for Difference auctions to help develop less established renewable technologies ( link )
  • Ongoing - Generating more electricity from offshore wind than any other country in the world ( link )
  • Ongoing - Invested £52 billion in renewable energy since 2010 ( link )
  • 2018 - Launched CCUS Action Plan - setting out the next steps towards the government’s ambition to deploy CCUS at scale during the 2030s ( link )
  • 2018 - Reduced our greenhouse emissions by over a fifth ( link )
  • 2018 - Made £557 million available for new renewable energy projects ( link )
  • 2018 - Making £60 million available for innovators and researchers to tackle climate change ( link )
  • 2018 - Making £40 million available through the Clean Growth Fund ( Link )
  • 2018 - Working with experts to set a date to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions to zero ( link )
  • 2018 - Making £343 million available to reduce emissions in the civil aerospace sectors ( link )
  • 2017 - UK & Canada launch Powering Past Coal Alliance ( link )
  • 2017 - 2017 was the cleanest and greenest year ever for electricity, with coal providing just two per cent of the UK’s electricity ( link )
  • 2017 - Launched the Clean Growth Strategy ( link )
  • 2017 - Established a taskforce to accelerate the growth of green finance and the UK's low carbon economy ( link )
  • 2016 - Secured the Paris Agreement ( link )
  • 2016 - Published the Fifth Carbon Budget which outlined the UK will reduce emissions by 57 per cent by 2032 ( link )

 

PLASTICS

 

  • Ongoing - Planning to ban plastic straws, cotton-buds and stirrers ( link )
  • Ongoing - Consulting on the introduction of a deposit return scheme ( link )
  • 2019 - Plastic bag sales down 90% since introduction of 5p charge ( link )
  • 2018 - Led the Commonwealth countries in the fight against plastic pollution ( link )
  • 2017 - Required large retailers to charge 5p for single use plastic carrier bags ( link )
  • 2017 - Doubling maximum litter fines to £150 ( link )
  • 2016 - Banned microbeads ( link )

 

OCEANS

 

  • Ongoing - Announced review into HPMAs (Highly Protected Marine Areas) ( link )
  • Ongoing - Calling for 30% of the world's oceans to be protected by 2030 ( link ) Also ( link )
  • 2019 - Extended Blue Belt scheme: £7 million extra funding to protect UK marine life (G7) ( link )
  • 2019 - 41 new Marine Conservation Zones, marking the most significant expansion of England’s ‘Blue Belt’ of protected areas to date. Total now 91. ( link )
  • 2018 - Working to create a new oceans strategy ( link )
  • 2018 - Cutting red tape for divers retrieving marine litter ( link )
  • 2017 - Established the Blue Belt programme, protecting 8,000 square miles of UK waters ( link )
  • 2017 - Pledged to help small island developing states with marine science, research and conservation projects ( link )
  • 2017 - Boosting sustainable fishing by banning discards for certain types of fish ( link )

 

ANIMAL WELFARE

 

  • Ongoing - Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund - invested a total of £23 million ( link )
  • Ongoing - Banning the sale of primate pets ( link )
  • Ongoing/potential - Finn's Law Part 2 - increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty from 6 months to 5 years (Sir Oliver Heald leads campaign) - see https://twitter.com/K9Finn
  • 2019 - UK leadership influences CITES ban on live elephant exports ( link )
  • 2019 - Finn's Law - protecting our brave service animals by making it an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to a service animal ( link )
  • 2019 - Banning wild animals in circuses ( link )
  • 2018 - Hosted international Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London ( link )
  • 2018 - Banning ivory sales ( link )
  • 2018 - Providing £6 million to protect iconic and endangered species around the world ( link )
  • 2018 - Banning third-party sales of puppies and kittens ( Lucy’s Law ) and use of electric shock collars ( link )
  • 2018 - Setting the ambition to reduce the number of elephants killed for ivory by at least a third by 2020 ( link )
  • 2018 - Reintroduced beavers to the wild as part of a pioneering natural flood management scheme ( link )
  • 2018 - Creating 500,000 hectares of new habitat for endangered species ( link )
  • 2018 - Launched a new fund to protect bees ( link )
  • 2017 - Recognised that animals are sentient beings in primary legislation ( link )
  • 2017 - Introduced mandatory CCTV into slaughterhouses ( link )

 

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

 

  • 2019 onwards - Urban Tree Challenge Fund: £10 million plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities ( link )
  • 2019 - Cash boost and fairer funding formula for farmers across the UK (£56 million until 2022) ( link )
  • 2019 onwards - Environment Bill Policy Statement ( link )
  • 2015 onwards - Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund: Funding to help groups of farmers, foresters and land managers improve the natural environment. (4th round £2.5 million) ( link )
  • Ongoing - Field to Fork review of the food system & National Food Strategy (inc hospital and school meals) ( link ) Villiers update here
  • Ongoing - Designing a new system to replace the Common Agricultural Policy with one that prioritises environmental protections ( link )
  • 2018 - 25 Year Environment Plan ( link )
  • 2018 - Resources and Waste Strategy ( link )
  • 2018 - Expanding and enhancing woodland in National Parks ( link )
  • 2018 - Backed a new Northern Forest, covering more than 120 miles ( link )
  • 2018 - Challenged water companies to improve their environmental record and and improve at least 6000 kilometres of our waters ( link )
  • 2018 - Embedding a 'net environmental gain' principle to ensure new housing developments deliver environmental improvements locally and nationally ( link )
  • 2016 - Established the Natural Capital Committee to provide independent advice on protecting the environment ( link )

 

As a founder member of the Conservative Environment Network, David Warburton pledges to continue to support other Government initiatives including:

 

  • 2013 - Introduced the Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme, encouraging land managers to maintain and enhance the natural environment ( link )
  • 2013 - Introduced a catchment management approach to improve the quality of our water environment ( link )
  • 2012 - Established 12 Nature Improvement Areas ( link )
  • 2012 - Launched the Love Your River campaign to encourage people to value their local river ( link )
  • 2012 - Created the Canal and River Trust to make Britain's waterways cleaner and more beautiful ( link )
  • 2011 - Launched the Biodiversity 2020 strategy ( Link )
  • 2014 - Published the first ever solar strategy which helped to roll out enough solar power in the UK to power 2 million homes ( link )
  • 2013 - Introducing carbon pricing to reduce the emissions firms release into the atmosphere ( link )
  • 2013 - Introduced the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme to encourage households and businesses to install renewable heat systems ( link )
  • 2013 - Established the International Climate Fund to provide £3.87 billion to help the world's poorest adapt to climate change ( link )
  • 2011 - Established the Green Investment Bank ( link )
  • 2011 - Launched the Green Infrastructure Partnership ( link )
  • 2012 - Establishing marine conservation zones ( link )
  • 2012 - Establishing marine conservation zones ( link )

 

 

News

Safeguarding our natural environment

I don’t have to tell you that Westminster has been rather distracted from the nuts and bolts of reality in recent months and years.