Environmental law policy


Environmental policy in the UK has changed substantially over the past few decades. With a shift from a laissez-faire approach to environmental regulation and the use of private land to increasing regulation, the legal environment in which private individuals and businesses use land has become much more politicised and complex.

Sustainable development has been a core principle of environmental policy since the 1980s. With the UK joining the European Community, domestic laws have been increasingly shaped by European environmental legislation, along with international environmental law.

Particularly recently, international environmental policy is focusing on climate change, energy efficiency measures, emissions-trading schemes, carbon offsetting and renewable energy.

It is important for both private individuals with development proposals and businesses to be aware of current environmental policy to ensure they operate within it. We have set out some of the major topics in environmental policy and how they may affect you.

If you would like expert advice on environmental law then we can help to put you in touch with a local specialist solicitor free of charge. Call our experienced case handlers on 0800 1777 162.

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