State Environmental Policy

State Environmental Policy of the Czech Republic 2030 with a view to 2050

The material "State Environmental Policy of the Czech Republic 2030 with a view to 2050" (hereafter "SEP 2030") was prepared by Government Resolution (UV) No. 1026 of 23 November 2016, with a deadline for submission to the government by 31 December 2020. The new document was approved by the Government of the Czech Republic on 11 January 2021. SEP 2030 builds on the long-term efforts of the Ministry of the Environment to protect the environment - more information can be found in the section "Historical Development of the Environmental Protection".

SEP 2030 formulates goals in the field of environmental protection in the Czech Republic, covers environmental issues in their entirety and sets a strategic direction until 2030 with a view to 2050. SEP takes into account other strategic documents at the national, European and international level, legislative documents, principles of sustainable development and the results of the Evaluation of the State Environmental Policy 2012-2020, as well as the annual evaluation of “Report on the Environment in the Czech Republic”. Predictions of external influences, such as socio-demographic developments, economic developments, global pressures, as well as the impacts of the current COVID-19 viral pandemic, were also taken into account.

The SEP is thematically divided into three areas: Environment and Health, Climate-neutral and Circular Economy, Nature and Landscape, and 10 themes (1.1 Water, 1.2 Air, 1.3 Hazardous Substances, 1.4 Noise and Light Pollution, 1.5 Extraordinary events, 1.6 Settlements, 2.1 Transition to climate neutrality, 2.2 Transition to circular economy, 3.1 Ecologically functional landscape, 3.2 Biodiversity conservation and conservation of natural and landscape values).

A comprehensive vision for 2050 was formulated for the entire SEP 2030 document, and a partial vision for each of the three main areas. The strategic and specific objectives of the SEP are set until 2030. Type measures are proposed for each specific objective, contributing to its achievement.

As part of monitoring of the implementation of SEP 2030, indicators and activities implemented by individual responsible authorities (administrators) will be regularly monitored through the Report on the Environment in the Czech Republic and by the new Platform for monitoring the SEP 2030 fulfilment progress, whose members will be administrators and co-administrators of individual specific objectives, members of the Parliament, non-governmental organizations and associations. In 2025, an evaluation of the fulfillment of objectives will be published in the form of a "Medium-Term Evaluation of SEP 2030". The objectives of the SEP will be met through standard measures, examples of which are given for individual strategic objectives. The specific selection and form of type measures will be the subject of valid segment- and sector-specific strategic documents, which must take into account the objectives of the SEP and further elaborate them.