Joseph Lewis
October 2022

Dead or Alive: Environmental De-regulation?

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It’s October 31st, and as some people celebrate Halloween, the more haunting question on many of our minds will be whether or not the future of environmental regulations is secure. In this blog, the IES takes a look at past proposals for environmental de-regulation and asks a key question: ‘dead or alive’?

Last week, Rishi Sunak became the UK’s new Prime Minister. In his first speech, he promised to protect the environment, though recent policy developments have given the environmental sector cause for concern. It is currently too early to say whether or not the Prime Minister will succeed in his pledge to protect the environment, though initial indications provide some early insights into Sunak’s plans.

What next?

It’s only been a week since the new Prime Minister took office, so the future of environmental governance and regulation remains uncertain for the time being. The environmental profession must continue its role in scrutinising and reflecting on proposals, seeking the best possible future for environmental protections.

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To catch up on the proposals put forward under the Truss Administration, read the latest analysis from the IES.