Defra extends consultation on new Environmental Targets

News – Monday, May 30th, 2022

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has extended the deadline for responses to its public consultation about plans for new environmental targets under the Environment Act 2021. The new deadline is Monday 27 June.

The targets are intended to respond to the science and the public demand for enhanced environmental protection, whilst requiring action across the economy and providing long-term certainty to businesses and society.

The Government’s proposal for fine particulate matter PM2.5 is to set a target limit of 10 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) to be achieved by 2040. Camden has committed to achieving this level by 2030, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) updated guideline limit of 5 µg/m3 by 2034 at the latest.

Defra has not proposed any new target for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in its consultation, so the legal limit for this pollutant will remain at 40 µg/m3 – four times higher than the WHO’s recommended guideline limit, which Camden has also committed to reach borough-wide by 2034.

Find out more here Consultation on environmental targets – Defra – Citizen Space