The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) recently published their progress report of government’s stated ambitions and goals for the environment, relating to the 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP) and the Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 (EIP23). To summarise, the report states that government is at risk; the current pace and scale of action is not enough to drive necessary progress and more must be done.
The OEP concluded that the EIP23 requires well-planned delivery to accomplish its targets, the current pace is insufficient, and significant progress is vital to prevent irreversible damage to the natural environment.
The lack of an effective and transparent delivery plan and mismanaged resources cause the OEP to call for further action, strategy, and implementation. This article will discuss and summarise information from the OEP’s report that is relevant to HETAS and the wood burning industry, exploring the suggestions that the OEP is urging government to implement.