The Aldersgate Group works with EU institutions to improve areas of environmental and climate legislation that are core to the Group’s work. The implementation of the Climate and Energy package, the Energy Union, Circular Economy Package and the review of the Birds and Habitats Directives are among the key areas of legislation that the group is currently involved in.
The UK has been a member of the EU and its predecessors for over 40 years. Whilst there are areas of European environmental legislation that could undoubtedly be improved, EU legislation has often resulted in stronger environmental standards than would have otherwise applied in the UK. Many of these (such as the efficiency directives for vehicles and the product standards directives) have opened up economic opportunities for businesses and savings for consumers. The UK has also led the way in areas such as climate change through the Climate Change Act 2008.
Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, the government must ensure that current environmental standards remain in place throughout the renegotiation process and the UK continues to lead on environmental issues and grow its low carbon economy.