Queen’s Speech addresses air pollution and plastic waste

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Commitment towards tackling air pollution and plastic waste were addressed as Elizabeth II delivered the 65th Queen’s Speech of her reign to Parliament earlier today.

One of the 26 bills laid out in the speech was the Environment Bill, which will ‘deepen the commitment to the natural environment’.

The landmark Bill will also include measures to establish a new Office for Environmental Protection.

“My Ministers remain committed to protecting and improving the environment for future generations. For the first time, environmental principles will be enshrined in law. Measures will be introduced to improve air and water quality, tackle plastic pollution and restore habitats so plants and wildlife can thrive”, the Queen stated.

“Legislation will also create new legally-binding environmental improvement targets. A new, world-leading independent regulator will be established in statute to scrutinise environmental policy and law, investigate complaints and take enforcement action.”