ENGLAND’S environmental laws are being stretched by politicians, a report has found.
It said that the UK is facing the threat of an unmitigated climate disaster as a result of an aggressive green agenda.
The study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that environmental laws in England are being undermined and the government’s £9 billion plan to address climate change is going nowhere.
The report said the Environment Act (which gives the government power to make laws) is being interpreted by politicians as giving the government unlimited power to cut emissions.
Its analysis found that legislation could not be legally changed without an absolute majority vote in Parliament, so any change would be unlikely.
The report also highlighted the need for legislation to protect forests and the marine environment.
In a statement, the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) said the report was “deeply concerning”.
The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) said there was a “growing body of evidence” that climate change and other environmental challenges posed by population growth and industrialisation would be exacerbated by the growth of urbanisation and globalisation.
The IPS said that this was causing the need to “reduce and ultimately abolish” environmental laws.IPPR said the government must make the case that the law needs to be changed because the country’s economic future depended on protecting the environment.
The government has said it will scrap the existing environmental laws when the UK leaves the European Union.
The Government said it would also scrap the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which was introduced in 2013.
The RHI scheme provides subsidies to energy companies for producing electricity from renewable sources.
The IPPR report said that it was also “deepening concern that a government that is keen to preserve the existing environment laws is failing to implement measures that are already on the books”.
It said the environment laws should be re-thought and revised to protect more species, wetlands and the environment more effectively.