Introduction to Environmental Protection
Our aim is to protect and improve the environment, and to integrate the environment with other policies across Government and in international fora. Effective protection of the environment requires activity on many wide-ranging different fronts - for example, from acting to limit global environmental threats (such as global warming) to safeguarding individuals from the effects of poor air quality or toxic chemicals. Actions to protect the environment also produce benefits such as housing (through improved energy efficiency of buildings), social progress (through action to combat fuel poverty) and economic growth (through more efficient use of resources, such as re-use, recycling and recovery of waste).
- Environmental Action Fund
- Environment Agency (Defra Sponsorship)
- Environmental Liability
- Environmental Permitting Programme
- Environmental risks and accidents
- CBRN guidance
- International issues - including the Aarhus Convention, biological diversity; illegal logging; Darwin Initiative; Environment for Europe Fund; Research; European Awards for the Environment; EU LIFE Fund; UNEP.
- Natural Environment Policy
- National Environmental Health Action Plan - For historical reference purposes only
- Review of environmental enforcement
- Public access to environmental information - Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004
- Responses (to Parliamentary and other reports)
- Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
Please contact Defra's central Helpline unless specific contact points are provided within individual subject pages.
- Directgov - Environment and greener living
- Environment Agency
- NetRegs - free environmental guidance for small UK businesses
- United Kingdom Clearing-House Mechanism (UK CHM)
- Info4local provides a quick way of locating and accessing a wide variety of information specifically identified as relevant to local authorities, includes an email alert subscription service
- IMPEL - European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law; an informal Network of environmental authorities of the Member States of the European Union.
UK Statutory Instruments
- UK Statutory Instruments are available on the Office of Public Sector Information website
- European Union website
- European Union legal documents
- The public register of Council Documents can be used to locate latest texts
- The current stage of the European Parliament's consideration can be obtained using the European Parliament's Legislative Observatory
Page last modified: 28 October 2008