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"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

September 2021

Hazardous Substances/Chemicals

Regulation (EU) 2020/217 amends the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 to update classification and labelling requirements for 38 chemicals.

Two new precautionary statements will be introduced and additional labelling requirements will apply to products containing titanium dioxide. 

July 2021


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.

January 2021

Producer Responsibility (Scotland Only)

The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020 will introduce a deposit and return scheme for single-use packaging used to supply soft drinks in Scotland. To place these products on the market, organisations will be required to register with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency or a Compliance Scheme.

January 2021

Producer Responsibility (Scotland Only)

The Environmental Regulation (Enforcement Measures) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 will enable regulators to apply civil sanctions for breaches of the forthcoming deposit return scheme for single-use soft drinks packaging in Scotland.

Monetary penalties and enforcement undertakings may be applied.

January 2021

Hazardous Substances (EU)

Regulation (EU) 2020/878 will amend the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. This amendment updates the information that must be included in safety data sheets. 

Organisations required to prepare safety data sheets have until 31 December 2022 to update these documents.

January 2021

Climate Change / Energy, UK

The draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 sets out a UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS). The UK ETS is planned to operate from the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

If implementation of the UK ETS does not go ahead, a carbon emissions tax will be applied.

October 2020

Producer Responsibility (England Only)

The Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 will prohibit the sale of single-use plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers. The regulations will also apply exemptions from the ban. 

September 2020

Planning, England

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 consolidate a series of commercial, business and community use classes. Planning permission is not required for changes within these broader classes. This aims to improve the flexibility for the use of buildings.

31 August 2020

Planning, England

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020 enables the upward extension of up to two storeys to dwellinghouses or to form dwellinghouses without planning permission. These developments may only be undertaken where attached conditions can be satisfied and require prior approval from the local planning authority. 

22 July 2020

Marine (UK)

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships) Regulations 2020 implement up to date obligations regarding garbage discharges from ships under the international MARPOL Convention.

Requirements apply to UK ships and other ships within UK waters or controlled waters.

22 July 2020

Marine (UK)

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships) Regulations 2020 implement the current requirements on the manage of sewage and its discharge on ships under Annex IV (Sewage) of the international MARPOL Convention.

Requirements apply to UK ships engaged on international voyages including in Polar waters and other ships within UK waters or controlled waters.

20 July 2020

Climate Change / Energy, Great Britain

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020 extend the commissioning deadlines for installations that applied for the non-domestic renewable heat incentive tariff guarantee between 17 July 2019 and 29 June 2020. The domestic renewable heat incentive scheme is extended by a year.

Cost control measures under both schemes were updated.

12 July 2020

Corporate Social Responsibility, EU

The "Taxonomy Regulation" (EU) 2020/852 establishes a framework for the classification of economic activity deemed environmentally sustainable. This aims to promote sustainable investment and finance.

July 2020

Hazardous Substances (EU)

Regulation (EU) 2020/784 amends the Recast Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation (EU) 2019/1021.

The Regulation adds perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds to the list of chemicals that are prohibited and/or where the measures must be taken to eliminate their production, use, import and export.

July 2020

Hazardous Substances (England & Wales)

The Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other Dangerous Substances) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 apply stricter requirements on PCB-contaminated fluids.

Transformer fluids with a PCB content of more than 0.005% by weight (50ppm) may not be used after 31 December 2025, unless the unit holds less than 50 millilitres of these fluids. 

30 June 2020

Climate Change/Energy (UK)

A consultation response presents proposals for the design of a UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS).

The proposed UK ETS could be operated as a UK-only system or as a system linked to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The UK ETS aims to simplify participation in the scheme, while applying an emissions cap 5% lower than the UK's share of the EU ETS cap for phase IV. 

24 June 2020

Climate Change / Energy (UK)

The Energy Efficiency (Building Renovation and Reporting) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 require the UK to prepare a long-term strategy to renovate residential and non-residential buildings to deliver high levels of energy efficiency and decarbonisation by 2050. This may be supported by appropriate financial measures and advice.

June 2020

Marine (UK)

The Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements) Regulations 2020 apply updated requirements on life-saving appliances and arrangements for UK ships and ships in UK waters, other than classes III through VI(A).

This reflects the current version of Chapter III of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS), including the International Life-Saving Appliance Code (LSA Code).

26 May 2020

Climate Change / Energy (UK)

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products (Amendment) Regulations 2020 amended the Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010.

The declaration of conformity for external power supplies must now reference current ecodesign requirements for external power supplies in the UK and EU. These updated requirements have applied since 1 April 2020.

19 May 2020

Miscellaneous (UK)

The UK Government has published its draft intended text of a UK-EU free trade agreement. This includes commitments on environmental protection.

The draft agreement is supported by a series of Annexes concerning matters including energy, air transport, fisheries and civil aviation safety.

19 May 2020

Planning (Wales)

The Planning Applications (Temporary Modifications and Disapplication) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 temporarily revises requirements on the planning regime in Wales during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Applications for major developments and developments of national significance may be made available electronically until 18 September 2020.

18 May 2020

Planning (Scotland only)

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2020 bring further sections of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 into force.

These sections will require that planning applications will need to be submitted for the use of dwelling houses as short-term holiday lets in certain areas. Specified large developments will also be required to include 'changing places' public toilet facilities.

14 May 2020

Planning (England)

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure, Listed Buildings and Environmental Impact Assessment) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 temporarily modify and relax requirements on planning applications, listed building or conservation area consent applications and applications for developments requiring an environmental impact assessment.

This allows information to be communicated electronically until 31 December 2020.

30 April 2020


Regulators in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have published a series of COVID-19 regulatory position statements. These temporary statements provide greater flexibility to reflect COVID-19 restrictions.

The statements concern regimes such as environmental permitting, radioactive substances regulation and waste management.

10 April 2020

Planning (Wales Only)

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (Wales) Order 2020 temporarily authorises additional types of development that may be undertaken in Wales without a planning application.

Under these rights, buildings and land may be used for institutions where this is required to prevent, control, mitigate or otherwise take action in connection with a UK public health emergency. Developments undertaken must cease within 12 months. 

April 2020

Planning (England only)

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Coronavirus) (England) Amendment Order 2020 introduce a temporary class of general permitted development that may be undertaken without a planning application.

Emergency development by local authorities and heath service bodies is authorised until 31 December 2020.

April 2020

Climate Change/Energy

The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 will apply mandatory minimum energy efficiency standards on domestic private rented properties in Scotland.

Landlords of domestic private rented properties may not let these properties if they do not meet the respective energy performance certificate rating by the dates stated.

April 2020


These Landfill Disposals Tax (Tax Rates) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 increase the rates of landfill tax payable on these disposals in Wales, where made on or after 1 April 2020.

April 2020

Miscellaneous, UK

The Finance Act 2020 reflects the March 2020 budget. The Act sets rates of environmental taxes including landfill tax and the climate change levy. The Act also supports the introduction of a carbon emissions tax, an alternative to a UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS).

31 March 2020

Climate Change/Energy (Great Britain)

The Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 extends deadlines for accreditation of certain eligible installations under the feed-in tariff (FIT) to account for the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes certain large-scale installations under the ROO-FIT scheme and community energy installations registered between 1 and 31 March 2019. 

24 March 2020

Planning (England only)

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020 provides temporary permitted development rights for restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments.

These rights allow these businesses to temporarily provide a takeaway service for hot or cold food.

23 March 2020

Climate Change/Energy (Scotland only)

The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement) Regulations 2020 brought outstanding sections of the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 into force. 

The Act sets a legally binding 'net zero' target across all greenhouse gases by 2045. 

18 March 2020


A draft text of the agreement on the new partnership between the UK and EU has been published by the European Commission.

If agreed by the UK, this includes a range of commitments on the environment. Notably, a non-regression duty would apply on the protection of the environment and actions to tackle climate change applied jointly both before and after the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

11 March 2020


The 2020 budget included a range of commitments regarding the environment and climate change.

This includes the introduction of a plastic packaging tax, a digital waste tracking system, a UK-only emissions trading/carbon tax system and an extension to the climate change agreement scheme.

27 February 2020


The UK has published its mandate for post-Brexit trade talks. The mandate aims to achieve a free trade agreement between the UK and EU.

Elements of the mandate are relevant to environmental law. This includes a proposed commitment to not weaken or reduce the level of protection from environmental law to encourage trade or investment. 

However, the mandate aims to allow either party to adopt or modify environmental laws in line with its priorities.

26 February 2020

Hazardous Substances/Chemicals

Regulation (EU) 2020/171 amending Annex XIV (the Authorisation List) to the REACH Regulation (EC) no 1907/2006 added 11 substances to the authorisation list under the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

An application for authorisation to continue the use of these chemicals must be submitted by the deadlines specified. The use or placing on the market of each chemical is not permitted after the sunset date unless specifically authorised.

26 February 2020


The Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2020 revoked and replaced the Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2010 and its amendments.

Cargo transfer operations by ships above 150 gross tonnes may not be undertaken in controlled waters unless pre-notified and undertaken in accordance with an approved plan.  

Significant impacts on European protected sites will need to be assessed in applications for harbour authority oil transfer licences.

25 February 2020


The EU's mandate for post-Brexit trade defines intended principles for an agreement with the UK. The EU aims to have as close as possible a partnership with the UK in the future.

The mandate aims to ensure a level playing field for open and fair competition, including common environmental and climate change standards.

22 February 2020

Climate Change/Energy

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020 amended the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012.

Amendments correct errors and allow the UK to participate in the EU ETS before the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

11 February 2020


The Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations 2020 replace the countryside stewardship grant scheme for land managers in England from 2021.

The interim scheme introduced by these regulations supports the transition away from the EU Common Agricultural Policy towards a new Environmental Land Management Scheme in 2024.

The interim scheme will continue to provide grants to farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers in order to make environmental improvements.

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