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Legal Calendar

July 2021

Waste.

Directive (EU) 2019/904 introduces policies that aim to reduce the use of single-use plastic products across the EU. Products affected include items made of oxo-degradable plastics, cotton bud sticks, cutlery, plates and food and beverage containers.

This Directive is required to be transposed to law in every EU Member State by 3 July 2021. This is after the date the UK is expected to have left the EU. Therefore, it is not clear whether this Directive will be implemented in the UK or not.

31 January 2020

Waste.

The Waste and Environmental Protection (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will make technical amendments to four Northern Irish regulations on and immediately before the date the UK leaves the EU. References to “best available techniques” are removed in the context of municipal waste planning requirements under the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC).

31 January 2020

Wildlife / Biodiversity.

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 amended the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The regulations implement the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 in Scotland, which restricts the movement, keeping, breeding sale and release of listed invasive alien species.

31 January 2020

Air Pollution.

The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 will enable local authorities to establish low emissions zones (LEZs) in Scotland. A penalty charge will be payable by persons driving vehicles that do not meet specified emissions standards within a LEZ, unless the vehicle is exempt.

January 2020

Miscellaneous  / Air Quality. 

The Environment Bill is intended to update Local air quality management legislation and require action plans for designated areas. The Water Resources Act 1991 would also be amended to enable the Environment Agency to modify abstraction licences without providing compensation on certain circumstances.

January 2020

Miscellaneous / Biodiversity. 

The Environment Bill is intended to amend the planning regime to require 'biodiversity net gain' for developments. Conditions on planning permission would only allow development to proceed once a binding plan stating biodiversity gain actions has been accepted by the planning authority. Additionally, in most circumstances Local highway authorities would be required to consult members of the public before felling street trees.

Legally-binding Conservation Covenants would also be introduced by the bill, enabling landowners to reach voluntary agreements to do (or not do) something with the land to deliver conservation benefits.

January 2020

Miscellaneous. 

The Environment (Legislative Functions from Directives) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 transfer powers previously held by the European Commission or other EU authorities to national authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The retained functions may be used to make regulations in respect to air quality, environmental noise marine strategy and water quality.

January 2020

Climate Change / Energy.

The Smart Export Guarantee Order 2019 will require electricity suppliers with more than 150,000 electricity customers to pay small-scale low-carbon generators for the electricity they export to the grid.

To quality for SEG export tariff payments, generators may not have a capacity exceeding 5MW. The SEG is intended to replace the Feed-in Tariff scheme which closed to new entrants on 31 March 2019.

January 2020

Plant and Machinery.

The Product Safety, Metrology and Mutual Recognition Agreement (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will continue to recognise the conformity status of products from Switzerland after Brexit. These products include pressure equipment, lifts and personal protective equipment. UK-based importers will also be able to provide their details on a conformity document accompanying products from Switzerland for a limited time, rather than marking their details on the product itself.

January 2020

Miscellaneous / Waste.

The Environment Bill is intended to introduced 'extended producer responsibility' to parties placing packaging or packaged products on the UK market. These will require these companies to pay sums reflecting the cost of collection, transport, management and administration of waste, not just its processing as at present. In England, Wales & Northern Ireland National authorities may establish deposit schemes to increase recycling and reuse or reduce littering and fly-tipping. Charges may also be applied on single use plastic items.

 

20 December 2019

Planning. 

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement No. 2, Saving and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2019 will bring two sections of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 into force. Planning authorities will be required determine whether new developments include sufficient measures to “mitigate, minimise or manage” the effect of noise. The maximum level of fines for non-compliance with planning notices and conditions will also be increased.

December 2019

Wildlife / Biodiversity.

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 will amend the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994. Scottish Ministers will be able to appoint a body to establish and maintain the register of European sites, which is expected to be the Scottish Natural Heritage. The duty to review existing authorisations under the marine licensing regime when an area becomes a protected site will no longer apply to certain spent licences under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.

December 2019

Wildlife/Biodiversity.

The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 will enforce the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 in Northern Ireland. This Order aims to prevent and manage the introduction and spread of invasive alien species through the application of offences, enforcement powers and permit and licence regimes for activities involving invasive alien species.

21 November 2019

Climate Change / Energy.

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2019 would amend the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012 to implement Phase IV of the EU ETS, if the UK remains an EU Member State until 1 January 2021. The 2019 regulations would establish rules for the handling of EU emissions allowances, greenhouse gas permits and monitoring and reporting obligations from 2021. Extended opt-outs for ultra-small emitters would also be introduced.

20 November 2019

Waste.

Existing low risk waste positions, which are collected in an existing document, will be withdrawn and replaced on 20 November 2019. Unless covered by a new low risk waste position, a permit will be required for activities previously covered by a position.

November 2019

Planning.

The Town and Country Planning and Electricity Works (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 amends terms, definitions and references within Scottish planning legislation to reflect that the UK will no longer be an EU Member State after Brexit. The regulations do not introduce any policy changes.

31 October 2019

Climate Change / Energy.

The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 raises greenhouse gas emission reductions targets in Scotland under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. A net-zero emissions reduction target is applied by 2045. The Scottish Ministers are required to report on progress against targets annually. A citizens’ assembly on climate change will also be created to make recommendations to ministers on the net-zero transition.

31 October 2019

Wildlife / Biodiversity Legislation.

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 will create a UK network of sites previously designated under the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and Wild Birds Directive 2009/147/EC.

The European Commission’s role regarding the designation of protected sites will be transferred to the Scottish Ministers. The Scottish ministers will assume the European Commissions administrative and enforcement powers under retained EU law.

31 October 2019

Hazardous substances / Chemicals Legislation.

The REACH Etc. (Amendment Etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 would introduce a UK regime for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH) after Brexit if the UK leaves without a deal, or with a deal that does not include future participation with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).

The HSE will be the UK regulator for this regime, assuming ECHA's previous roles. Companies manufacturing, importing or supplying chemicals in the UK would ultimately be required to participate in the UK REACH system.

 

 

31 October 2019

Hazardous substances / Chemicals Legislation.

The Chemicals (Health and Safety) and Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment Etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 may apply a UK-only system under the Biocidal Products Regulation.

This regime would only be introduced if the UK leaves the EU without a deal or with a deal that does not involve continued cooperation with ECHA. All active substance and product approvals prior to Exit Day would be transferred to the UK regime. Ultimately biocides and biocidal products would need to be included on an approved UK list to place them on the market.

31 October 2019

Hazardous substances / Chemicals Legislation.

The Chemicals (Health and Safety) and Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment Etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 may apply a UK-only Prior Informed Consent (PIC) regime. This regime will only apply if the UK leaves the EU without a deal or with a deal that does not involve continued cooperation with European institutions.

The HSE would become wholly responsible for the export and import of hazardous chemicals covered listed under the PIC Regulation. UK-based companies intending to export chemicals listed under the PIC Regulation would need to notify this via a new HSE system after Exit Day.

 

31 October 2019

Environmental Protection Legislation. 

The Environmental and Wildlife (Legislative Functions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will amend 10 EU Regulations that will be retained as UK law after Brexit. European Commission powers are transferred to policymakers and regulators within the UK.

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

31 October 2019

Climate Change/ Energy Legislation.

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 will amend the Energy Information Regulations 2011 and Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010.

The 2019 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.

31 October 2019

Miscellaneous.

The Environment (Legislative Functions from Directives) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 transfer a series of legislative functions currently exercised by the European Commission to various UK administrations to ensure the respective regimes continue to function after Brexit.

31 October 2019

Wildlife / Biodiversity.

The Environmental Liability etc. (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 will update references and terms within the Environmental Liability (Scotland) Regulations 2009 to ensure they continue to operate effectively after Brexit.  Competent authorities other than the Scottish Ministers will also be required to notify any environmental damage they become aware of to the Scottish Ministers. 

12 October 2019

Producer Responsibility.

The Environmental Protection (Cotton Buds) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 prohibit the manufacture and supply of plastic-stemmed cotton buds. It will be an offence to manufacture, supply, offer to supply or to possess plastic-stemmed cotton buds for supply.

October 2019

Producer Responsibility.

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2019 will apply EU ecodesign requirements for servers and data storage products. The regulations also remove energy labelling requirements on vacuum cleaners.

October 2019

Planning.

The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2019 replace the duty to design and construct buildings in a way to inhibit the unseen spread of fire and smoke in concealed spaces in building structures or fabric with a more general duty to inhibit any spread of fire and smoke (whether seen or unseen) in cavities (rather than just 'concealed spaces').

October 2019

Wildlife/Biodiversity.

The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 will amend the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.  The 2019 regulations implement the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014, which restricts the movement, keeping, breeding sale and release of listed invasive alien species. Permit, license and enforcement powers are introduced against activities involving invasive alien species.

30 September 2019

Wildlife / Biodiversity.

The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) (Amendment) Order 2019 delays the date that the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019 comes into force by two months. The Order will now come into force on 1 December 2019 and will regulate activities involving invasive alien species, including import and export.

September 2019

Miscellaneous .

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 requires the Prime Minister to seek an extension to the Brexit withdrawal date of 31 October 2019 to 31 January 2020.  Reports must also be provided by the Secretary of State on the progress of negotiations between the EU and the UK. The first report must be made by 30 November 2019.

September 2019

Climate Change/ Energy Legislation.

The Alternative Fuel Labelling and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 apply standard alternative fuel labels for 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, allowing credits for upstream emissions reductions in 2019 to be claimed against the obligation.

 

 

21 August 2019

Marine.

The Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) (No.2) Order 2019 amends the Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) Order 2007 and Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) Order 2018. The 2019 order establishes safety zones extending 500m around 7 subsea installations which are either stationed or to be stationed.

15 August 2019

Wildlife/Biodiversity.

Regulation (EU) 2019/1261 amends the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) 2016/1141 to update the list of invasive alien species that may not be brought into the EU or kept, bred, sold, grown or released into the environment in EU countries.  Species added include the common myna bird (Acridotheres tristis), the Japanese hop (Humulus scandens) and striped eel catfish (Plotosus lineatus).

14 August 2019

Waste.

The Hazardous Waste (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 amends the Hazardous Waste (Wales) Regulations 2005. Consignee returns submitted by waste recipients to producers or holders of hazardous waste will need to reflect the Recast Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation (EU) 2019/1021. Where waste streams received include persistent organic pollutants (POPs) above the respective threshold, the return must state that this material is a POP.

12 August 2019

Hazardous Substances / Chemicals.

The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Various Amendments) Regulations 2019 amend the Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulations 2007, Environment Act 1995 and Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 to implement the Recast Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation (EU) 2019/1021. Consignee returns submitted by waste recipients to producers or holders of hazardous waste need to state any wastes classed as POPs.

25 July 2019

Planning.

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 will amend the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 extensively. The Act will require that planning manages the development and use of land in the long-term public interest. This includes anything that contributes to sustainable development or achieves national outcomes under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

19 July 2019

Waste.

The Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017 (Reliefs) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 revise definitions under the landfill tax regime in Wales. Landfill tax relief may be claimed on further materials used for ‘restoration work’ at authorised landfills or used in refilling quarries and open-cast mines.

17 July 2019

Climate Change / Energy.

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2019 apply revised budgetary controls for installations subject to the scheme up to and beyond 30 January 2021.  The availability of tariff guarantees is also extended from 31 January 2020 to 31 January 2021 for applications made on or after 17 July 2019.

15 July 2019

Hazardous Substances / Chemicals.

Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 revokes and replaces the prior persistent organic pollutants (POPs) Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 and its amendments. The Regulation has been consolidated primarily for clarity purposes. The production, placing on the market and use of POPs are prohibited or restricted by the Regulation, and existing POPs and associated wastes are to be regulated with the aim of eliminate POPs or prevent releases.

 

July 2019

Hazardous Substances / Chemicals.

Decision (EU) 2019/1194 identifies 4-Tert-butylphenol (PTBP) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) under the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 due to its endocrine disrupting properties. Once a sunset date is established, the use of this chemical will be prohibited without an appropriate authorisation.

July 2019

Climate Change / Energy Legislation.

The Energy Act 2011 (Commencement No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2019 enables regulations to be made requiring that private rented domestic and non-domestic properties in Scotland meet a minimum energy efficiency standard.

This standard is defined as a minimum rating on an energy performance certificate (EPC) In the domestic private rented sector, this is anticipated to be EPC Band E initially, later rising to Band D.

 

July 2019

Climate Change / Energy. 

The Electricity Capacity (No.2) Regulations 2019 introduce a one-off Capacity Market auction, which will take place in early 2020 (T-3 auction).

This replaces the postponed 'T-4' auction that was originally planned for February 2019 and concerns the 2022/23 delivery year. Further renewable generating technologies will also become eligible to participate in the Capacity Market.

July 2019

Climate Change / Energy .

The Climate Change Act 2008 required that the UK Government to ensure that UK net emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride in the year 2050 are at least 80% lower than a 1990 baseline.

The Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 amends this target, increasing it to 100% lower than the 1990 baseline in 2050 (a net-zero target).

 

30 June 2019

Marine Legislation.

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 impose a requirement for ships of more than 400 gross tonnes to be issued with an international energy efficiency certificate. Ships of more than 5,000 gross tonnes will be required to report fuel consumption data.

30 June 2019

Climate change/ Energy Legislation.

Directive (EU) 2018/2001 aims to promote the use of energy from renewable resources. 32% of energy supplied by 2030 must be from renewable sources. 14% of transport fuels will also need to be from renewable origin by 2030. Individual renewable energy targets will be set on each EU Member State. The proportion of energy from renewables used in heating and cooling is required to increase by an annual average of 1.3%.

This Directive is due to be transposed to national law by 30 June 2021. The UK is due to leave the EU before this date, and therefore this Directive may not be brought into force

12 June 2019

Hazardous Substances Legislation.

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

 

June 2019

Brexit Legislation.

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 and Environment (Wales) Act.

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