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
"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"
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
"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"
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"
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."
HSE Officer, Blanc Aero (UK) Ltd
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Under the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. This implemented the withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU.
The post-Brexit transition period under this Act runs until 11pm on 31 December 2020. During the transition period the UK will remain part of the European Economic Area, single market and customs union.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 applies a consolidated, common regime for the control of plant pests and diseases.
The Regulation applies controls on plant pests, plants, plant material, seeds and other material and will be retained as UK law. A range of regulations implement this Regulation across the UK.
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