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Greenspace is a consultant supported platform for your EHS Management System. Established in 2004, it supports ISO 14001, ISO 45001 & OHSAS 18001 with our growing range of applications

Testimonials

"The Legal Register and Super User Function has been used by NHS Scotland Health Boards since 2008, it is a valuable tool that provides a central register and individual sites registers allowing NHS Boards to track environmental compliance across their entire estate"

Wendy Rayner
Sustainability Manager, Health Facilities Scotland, National Services Scotland

"Universities are faced with a bewildering array of Environmental Legislation. We place great value in the annual visit from our Waterman consultant who presents all our obligations on our easily accessible Legal Register to show how we comply."

Environmental & Sustainability Manager
Lancaster University

"Waterman provided comprehensive support to secure our PPC Environmental Permit in 2006. Central to our permit conditions is an obligation to manage compliance with Environmental Legislation; Waterman's Legal Register has for 10 years met these obligations and kept our SHE team firmly up to date with evolving regulation"

Martin Sagar
SHE Manager, Cold Drawn Products Ltd

"The Legal Register Super User functions allows me to manage compliance across 10 Doncasters sites while assigning direct control to site managers. Our Waterman consultant’s programme of Gold Compliance audits and Silver Reviews keeps us firmly on the right side of ever changing obligations"

Mick McGann
Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Doncasters Bramah

"As a five year Greenspace client, we've benefitted from a personal service to manage compliance with our EHS legal obligations with links directly to our ISO 14001 Aspect Register. Having everything up to date in one place, has been a weight off my mind putting me firmly in control of HSE risks."

Nigel Southam
HSE Officer, Blanc Aero (UK) Ltd

Legal Calendar

29 March 2019

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will repeal the European Communities Act 1972. The UK will also leave the European Economic Area and Euratom Treaty on this date. The Act converts EU law in force to domestic law on 29 March 2018. The Act retains legislation implementing EU law. The Act does not prevent the UK from replicating any EU law made on or after exit day in the future. By 29 September 2019 a draft Bill must be published setting out binding environmental principles.

Brexit Legislation.

January 2019

The Road Vehicles (Defeat Devices, Fuel Economy and Type-Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 amend the Passenger Car (Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions Information) Regulations 2001. EU legislation is referenced setting out emissions testing and information requirements for road vehicles from 1 January 2019. This reflects the introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). The format of the required fuel economy label for new passenger cars will also be updated. 

Transport Legislation.

21 September 2018

The Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Type-Approval and Emission of Gaseous and Particulate Pollutants) Regulations 2018 revokes and replaces the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Emission of Gaseous and Particulate Pollutants) Regulations 1999. Additional enforcement measures are introduced and the supply of machinery fitted with defeat devices, which interfere with regulatory testing of engines, will become a criminal offence. 

Air pollution Legislation.

30 July 2018

Regulation (EU) 2018/968 supplements Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014. It provides a detailed description of the common risk assessment elements and a methodology that must be complied with when assessing the risk from invasive alien species within the EU. 

Wildlife / Biodiversity Legislation.

23 July 2018

The Smart Meters Act 2018 will make changes to the electricity and gas licensing regimes under the Electricity Act 1989 and Gas Act 1986 respectively. It will enable the Secretary of State to vary electricity and gas licences to require that specific types of smart meters are provided or installed. The Secretary of State is required to use these powers by 1 November 2023. It also allows smart meter data to be used to calculate half-hourly electricity imbalances. Data collected may be used to determine amounts payable.

Climate Change / Energy Legislation.

23 July 2018

The Airports (Noise-related Operating Restrictions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 revoked and replaced the Aerodromes (Noise Restrictions) (Rules and Procedures) Regulations 2003 by designating competent authorities to enforce the EU Airport Noise Regulation (EU) No 598/2014. These authorities are required to undertake noise assessments of airports with more than 50,000 civil aircraft movements per year and are required to set noise thresholds

Transport Legislation.

18 July 2018

The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 amend the Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 by implementing the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (EU) 2015/2193 with respect to offshore combustion installations. Requirements to hold a permit are set as are obligations on permitted operators

Marine Legislation.

July 2018

Directive (EU) 2018/844 amends the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU and the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU. The definition of technical building systems is extended to include building automation and control and on-site electricity generation. EU Member States will be required to establish strategies to renovate residential and non-residential building stock in public and private ownership, with the objective of transforming existing buildings into nearly zero-energy buildings by 2050. The energy performance assessment methods for new builds is revised. Electric vehicle charging point requirements are shaped. This amending Directive comes into force in each EU Member State on 10 March 2020 (post Brexit).

Climate Change / Energy Legislation.

July 2018

Directive (EU) 2018/851 amends the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC and forms part of the EU's circular economy package. Amendments include changes to the definition of waste and the application of the Waste Hierarchy, the status of by-products and end-of waste criteria. Extended producer responsibility requirements are set out. Additional requirements are applied on the prevention of waste generation, recovery and segregation of waste. The Directive is due to come into force in all EU Member States by 5 July 2020 (post Brexit).

Waste Legislation.

July 2018

Directive (EU) 2018/851 amends the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC and forms part of the EU's circular economy package. Amendments include changes to the definition of waste and the application of the Waste Hierarchy, the status of by-products and end-of waste criteria. Extended producer responsibility requirements are set out. Additional requirements are applied on the prevention of waste generation, recovery and segregation of waste. The Directive is due to come into force in all EU Member States by 5 July 2020 (post Brexit).

Waste Legislation.

July 2018

Directive (EU) 2018/852 amends the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC and comes into force in each EU Member States on 5 July 2020 (post Brexit). If applied in the UK, this will have significant impacts on producers, suppliers and users of packaging and waste management facilities. Changes aim to promote re-use of materials and return, collection and delivery systems. Increasingly stringent recycling targets are set. 

Waste Legislation.

July 2018

Directive (EU) 2018/849 amends the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive 2000/53/EC, Batteries and Accumulators Directive 2006/66/EC and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2012/19/EU. Amendments permit the EC to make secondary (delegated) legislative regimes to reflect technical and scientific progress. Member States will be able to provide economic incentives to apply the waste hierarchy and reporting requirements. The Directive is due to come into force in all EU Member States by 5 July 2020 (post Brexit).

Waste Legislation.

July 2018

Directive (EU) 2018/850 amends the Landfill Directive 1999/31/EC. The application of the Landfill Directive is extended to include land-based extractive industries, more stringent definitions are given for landfill operators serving 'isolated settlements'. New landfilling reduction targets are set and progress made towards meeting these must be reported. 

Waste Legislation.

20 June 2018

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2018 amend the existing regulations. New requirements are set for producers of biomethane. Applications for RHI accreditation must demonstrate all environmental permits required are held, and include a declaration that the plant complies with and will continue to comply with legislation concerning environmental protection. Domestic RHI payments will be allowed to be delivered to a third-party investor. 

Climate Change / Energy Legislation.

19 June 2018

The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Scotland) Regulations 2018 prohibit the use of microbeads as an ingredient in the manufacture of rinse-off personal care products and the sale of any such products containing microbeads.

Producer Responsibility Legislation.

28 May 2018

Decision (EU) 2018/684 amended Decision (EU) 2016/2323 by updating the list of EU ship recycling facilities authorised under the Ship Recycling Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013.

Waste Legislation.

24 May 2018

Regulation (EU) 2018/675 amends the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 as concerns carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicants (CMR) by adding further chemicals to the CMR list that may not be supplied or used except in accordance with the conditions stated. 

Hazardous Substances / Chemicals Legislation.

24 May 2018

Regulation (EC) No 2018/669 amended the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 as concerns the harmonised classifications and labelling of hazardous substances by requiring that information is provided in all EU languages for the first time. Manufacturers, importers and suppliers of substances and mixtures are required to apply updated classification, labelling and packaging (where this has changed) on products from 1 December 2019.

Waste Legislation.

May 2018

The Waste (Fees and Charges) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 increases fees to register a waste management exemption and to register as a carrier, broker and/or dealer of waste. 

Waste legislation

May 2018

Decision 2018/680/EU introduced the Ecolabel criteria for indoor cleaning services.

Miscellaneous / Ecolabel Legislation.

May 2018

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018 revise duties applicable to activities involving radionuclide radiation sources under the environmental permitting regime. These regulations implement Directive 2013/59/Euratom. 

Environmental Permitting

30 April 2018

The Finance Act 2018 has amended Part III of the Finance Act 1996, which introduced the landfill tax. Illegal disposals are disincentivised by making the tax payable on disposals outside of an authorised landfill site. Persons who knowingly facilitate disposals and persons disposing of the waste will be liable for the tax. 

Waste legislation. 

30 April 2018

Decision (EU) 2018/666 amended Decision 2014/312/EU as regards the period of validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes. The period that Ecolabel criteria and licences under Decision 2014/312/EU will remain valid has been extended to 31 December 2022. 

Miscellaneous / Ecolabel Legislation.

18 April 2018

The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Enabling Powers and Modification of Enactments) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 update references within the amended legislation, reflecting Directive 2013/59/Euratom. Protection strategies for radioactive contaminated areas must address the extent of affected areas and the different population groups present. 

Contaminated Land & Radioactive Material legislation

April 2018

The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) and Marine Strategy (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have amended the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007. References were updated to reflect the transfer of marine planning powers for the Welsh inshore and offshore areas to the Welsh Ministers.

Planning legislation.

April 2018

The Landfill Tax (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2018 amended the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996 by supporting the application of the landfill tax to disposals of waste at sites other than authorised landfill sites. 

Waste legislation.

April 2018

The Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2018 increases the contracts for difference 'operational costs levy' and the capacity market 'settlement costs levy' in the financial years between 2018 and 2020, inclusive. Costs are expected to be passed to consumers, unless exempt. 

Climate Change and Energy legislation

April 2018

The Landfill Tax (Disposals of Material) Order 2018 revises what constitutes a ‘taxable disposal’ at a landfill site. Amongst other changes, persons disposing of waste at sites without a permit or licence and anyone who knowingly facilitates this disposal are liable to pay tax at the ‘prohibited disposal rate’. The order aims to deter non-compliance by making the illegal disposal of waste less profitable. 

Waste legislation

April 2018

The Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Act 2018 amended the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 by extending the temporary rates of the non-domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) for biomass installations accredited before 18 November 2015. The tariffs set are increased to reflect inflation and will apply until 31 March 2019. 

Climate Change and Energy legislation

31 March 2018

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have extended existing derogations on certain aviation activities from the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The small aviation emitters verification methodology and non-commercial air transport exclusions for small operators have been extended.

Climate Change and Energy legislation.

22 March 2018

The Capital Allowances (Energy-saving Plant and Machinery) Order 2001 and its amendments was revoked and replaced by the Capital Allowances (Energy-saving Plant and Machinery) Order 2018. The 2018 Order consolidates legislation specifying energy-saving plant and machinery qualifying for 100% first-year capital allowances on expenditure.

Energy and Climate Change legislation.

April 2017

Brand new Compliance Auditor Launched on Greenspace

To complement Waterman's groundbreaking Legal Register, we are delighted to launch our brand new Compliance Auditor on Greenspace. It will mirror your Legal Register as an Audit Report, breaking down each compliance obligation into questions and topics. You (or Waterman) can then record your observations and upload photos or documents as evidence of compliance. Email info@legalregister.co.uk for details.

June 2016

New ISO14001:2015 compliant Environmental Aspect Register launched.

Are you making the transition to ISO14001:2015? Greenspace provides a simple way for your organisations to demonstrate that it has identified its risk and opportunities and considered them in relation to its environmental aspects. Email info@legalregister.co.uk for more information.

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