March 2020 Legal Updates : This month’s most legislation amendments

The Carbon Accounting (Provision for 2018) Regulations 

 These regulations affect the carbon accounting system which is used to monitor compliance with greenhouse gas emission reduction targets outlined in the Climate Change Act 2008. As laid out by the 2009 Carbon Accounting Regulations for the first year of the third carbon budget period. The Act mandates a legally binding framework for the UK to achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensure steps are taken towards adapting to the impacts of climate change. 

 The Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations 2020 (Code: CNP46)

This instrument will allow the Countryside Stewardship grant scheme to open for applications in February 2020. 

This scheme will provide funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements through activities such a conserving and restoring wildlife habitats; managing flood risk; creating and managing woodland; reducing water pollution from agriculture and encouraging educational access by hosting school visits. 

This scheme is meant to help the government to achieve some of the promises outlined in the 25 Year Environment Plan. 

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