press release
Published: 07 March 2024

Biodiversity Net Gain: new policy “unlikely” to restore nature by itself, says Surrey expert

From Monday 12 February, the requirement for most construction projects to measure and deliver Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) became a legal requirement under the Environment Act 2021.


This will force all large construction projects to measure biodiversity, and ensure they leave the natural environment in a better state than it was before.

Laurence Cummins, Doctoral Practitioner in Sustainability at the University of Surrey and Sustainability Manager at construction giant Wates Group, is author of the paper “Biodiversity Net Gain — understanding the opportunities and challenges ahead” in Town and Country Planning.

Laurence's work promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 15 (life on land).

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