20 December 2019
Press Statement 

CIWM welcomes commitment to environment in Queen's Speech

CIWM has welcomed the inclusion in yesterday’s (19 December 2019) Queen’s speech of an Environment Bill which “will enshrine in law environmental principles and legally-binding targets.”

With the last Queen’s speech taking place just three months ago, there were no major surprises in the government’s priorities for the months ahead. Reflecting the previous Environment Bill, which was first introduced on 15 October 2019, the speech stated that “a new, world-leading independent regulator in statute will be established.” The Queen also re-affirmed the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to “ban the export of polluting plastic waste to countries outside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.” 

In briefing notes published after the speech, the government added that charges will be introduced for specified single use plastics and that the first budget will prioritise the environment.

“The commitment to prioritising the environment and the inclusion of the Environment Bill are welcome signals that the environment remains high on the political agenda,” said Pat Jennings, CIWM’s Head of Policy, Knowledge & External Affairs.



Notes to Editors:

  1. CIWM: CIWM is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing around 5,700 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. More information can be found at www.ciwm.co.uk

Press contact:
Pat Jennings
Head of Policy, Knowledge & External Affairs
Tel: 01604 620426
Mob: 07912 228260