The National Audit Office has prepared this briefing on environmental protection for the Environmental Audit Committee. It is a follow up to the environmental protection briefing which the NAO prepared for the Committee in August 2010, and focusses on the progress made by the government in this area since 2010.

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The National Audit Office has today published a briefing reviewing the Government’s progress on environmental protection.

The briefing reviews the overarching changes to the government’s approach to environmental protection since 2010. It focuses on; the government’s strategy, which seeks to implement the vision outlined in its 2011 natural environment white paper; the changing landscape of institutions responsible for delivering environmental protection; expenditure on environmental protection; the various environmental taxes; and environmental regulations and how they are being streamlined as part of the government’s ‘red tape challenge’.

The briefing also includes an assessment of progress in the ten areas of environmental protection covered in our 2010 report: atmospheric pollution and climate change; air pollution; biodiversity; forestry; soil; flooding and coastal protection; waste; the freshwater environment; water availability; and the marine environment.

June 2014