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Free Legislation Updates April 2019

This free legal update provides selected items from the most recent monthly email. Subscribers to Greenspace receive full updates on new and forthcoming legislation applicable to their organisation each month. These emails also communicate new publications, consultations and legal case studies.

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Alternative Fuel Labelling and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019

These regulations apply standard labels for alternative fuel. These will need to be used on fuel dispensers and motor vehicles. These must also be communicated at the point of sale or lease for vehicles.

The regulations also amend greenhouse gas emissions intensity obligations on fuel suppliers. This allows credits for upstream emissions reductions in 2019 to be claimed against the obligation. These were previously only available for the 2020 year. 

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Environmental and Wildlife (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

These regulations will amend a number of EU Regulations that will be retained as UK law after Brexit. Powers previously vested in the European Commission will be transferred to policymakers and regulators within the UK.

The EU Regulations affected concern topics including timber imports and exports, pollution reporting, transfrontier shipment of waste and control of mercury. 

The regulations also enable the UK Secretary of State or devolved administrations to determine Best Available Techniques (BAT) for industrial sectors within the permitting regime after Brexit.

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Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

These regulations will amend the Energy Information Regulations 2011 and Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010.

The amending regulations establish UK ecodesign and energy labelling requirements while maintaining existing EU-derived standards and their enforcement. A UK conformity assessment regime for the ecodesign standards will apply.

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Environmental principles and governance in Wales post European Union exit

Views are sought on potential gaps in environmental principles and governance that may arise in Wales following the UK’s departure from the EU. Proposals from the Welsh Ministers aim to apply extended principles and a governance by building upon the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and Environment (Wales) Act 2016.

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Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2019

These regulations will amend the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012.

Exclusions from the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) regime on electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are extended. Amendments made authorise wider use of spare parts and cables, with the objective of improving the application of the waste hierarchy.


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