Protecting our Environment

Carbon emissions have fallen by 6 percent since 2010 contributing to a 27 per cent reduction since 1990.

Britain's share of electricity generated from renewables has doubled since 2009 and the Government is determined to ensure the UK becomes a world leader in the new green economy. The Green Investment Bank, for example, has ensured that billions of pounds have been invested in green projects and technologies.

In the 2010-2015 Parliament, £7.5 million was provided to establish 12 Nature Improvement Areas, created 150,000 acres of priority habitats and planted over 11 million trees; by 2020 there will be 11 million more. The National Pollinator Strategy will improve our understanding of the abundance, diversity and role of pollinators over the next three to five years, and identify any additional actions needed to protect them. At the same time, 950 miles of hedges and 175 miles of stone walls have been planted or restored, and 10,000 miles of rivers and waterways have been cleaned up.

EU environmental regulation will remain in place until the UK formally leaves the EU, and the Government will work with our EU neighbours, environmental organisations and the public to develop the new arrangements. The Secretary of State is due to launch a green paper that will give you and others the chance to share their views and ambitions for the future.