What we do

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) is a new public body.

We protect and improve the environment by holding government and public authorities to account.

We were legally created in November 2021, under the Environment Act 2021.   

We expect to be fully established early in 2022 after Parliament takes the steps needed for our functions and powers to be made available to us.   

Our work covers England. In the coming months, the Northern Ireland Assembly may also decide that our work will cover Northern Ireland. 

How we do it

When fully established, we will 

  • review and report on government’s progress in meeting environmental goals and targets
  • monitor and report on the implementation of environmental law 
  • advise government on proposed changes to the law and other environmental matters 
  • investigate suspected failures to comply with environmental law by government and other public bodies and enforce compliance where needed

The public can make a complaint to us where they suspect that the government or a public authority has failed to comply with environmental law. 

For more on our role and remit, please visit our FAQs


Our strategy

Our strategy will go into more detail about how we will do our job.

We are currently preparing the strategy and we will ask for views before we finalise and publish it. We expect to seek views on our strategy early in 2022.

Our people

Our staff and board are led by our Chair Dame Glenys Stacey, and Interim CEO Natalie Prosser.

Who we are

Natural Capital Committee (NCC)

The Natural Capital Committee (NCC) delivered independent advice to government on protecting and improving natural capital. In carrying out its scrutiny and advice functions, the OEP will build upon work undertaken by the NCC.

Read more about NCC

Publication scheme

Our publication schemes describes the types of information we publish and explains how to access it. 

View publication scheme