SIR – Britain’s first environmental Bill in over 20 years is a unique opportunity to improve the competitiveness of the British economy and demonstrate continued environmental leadership after Brexit.
As organisations operating across multiple sectors of Britain’s economy, we believe that ambitious, welldesigned and properly enforced environmental regulations make good business sense. They provide a level playing field, incentivise investment in innovation and skills, support job creation and help businesses develop commercial strengths in fast-growing areas of the world economy. We have seen this dynamic at play in, for example, the introduction of environmental regulations in the construction, waste and car manufacturing industries.
We therefore call on the Government to strengthen its 25 Year Environment Plan by introducing environmental goals in the upcoming Environment Bill. The Bill should at least set measurable targets to cover improvements to air and water quality, soil health, peatland restoration, net biodiversity gain and resource efficiency.
If supported by detailed policies and an effective environmental watchdog, this legislation would send clear signals for businesses to invest in environmental improvements and resource efficiency, and ensure that we pass on a healthy environment and competitive economy to the next generation. Nick Molho
Executive Director, Aldersgate Group Javier Quiñones
Country Retail Manager Ikea UK and Ireland Mike Barry
Director of Sustainable Business Marks & Spencer Stefano Agostini
CEO, Nestlé UK & Ireland Juergen Maier CEO, Siemens plc Jonathan Hampson
General Manager, Zipcar UK and 14 others; see telegraph.co.uk