Described as a ‘turning point for nature’, the Environment Act entered the statute books in England in November of 2021. After leaving the European Union, the frameworks for protecting nature were put at risk. The Act aims to fill this gap by establishing clear statutory targets to improve biodiversity, boost air and water quality, tackle waste, encourage recycling, and overall ensure the recovery of the natural world.
The Act aims to halt the decline of species by 2030, create a more circular economy, tackle deforestation, create more natural habitats, and encourage sustainability. Its Environmental Principles must be considered by all government ministers when they make policy, and the legislation will be enforced by the Office for Environmental Protection.
The Act will impact all business activity in England and the supply chain. It establishes legal responsibilities for businesses to monitor and remediate their impacts on the environment. From air emissions, water quality, and combined sewer overflow spills, to biodiversity net gain and nature-based solutions, it touches everything we do.
This podcast features our Business Development Manager, David Claridge. He talks to In-Situ’s Kayleigh Smith about new water monitoring requirements under the 2021 Environment Act. The Act requires water companies in England to continuously monitor water quality in rivers both upstream and downstream of storm overflows and wastewater treatment works.
The new monitoring requirements present significant cost and delivery challenges to water companies and the supply chain. David discusses the ramifications of such an undertaking, workable water monitoring solutions, and thoughts on how a vast amount of resulting data could be used and shared.
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