Mel Hughes, Natural England’s Sustainable Development Programme Director welcomes government’s ambitions for greener building under #ProjectSpeed.
It is clear from recent reports such as the Dasgupta review that a healthy economy is reliant in the long-term on a healthy environment, whether that’s nature-based solutions to achieving net zero targets, green spaces for our health and well-being or the habitats and species that make our country biodiverse.
It is therefore vital that as a nation, that we account for these environmental benefits in our decision making – whether that’s economically or socially driven – environmental regulations and policies play a valuable role in enabling these, however onerous they may feel at times. That’s not to say that there aren’t improvements to be made or changes in the way these are carried out – far from it in fact. MORE
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