Free Legislation Updates August 2020

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01 January 2021

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020

This draft order 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.

31 August 2020

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020

This order 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. 

12 July 2020

Regulation (EU) 2020/852 on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment

This Regulation establishes a framework for the classification of economic activity deemed environmentally sustainable. This aims to promote sustainable investment and finance.

01 September 2020

Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020

These regulations will consolidate a series of commercial, business and community use classes in England.

Planning permission is not required for changes within these broader classes. This aims to improve the flexibility for the use of buildings.

01 April 2020

Finance Act 2020

This Act 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).

20 July 2020

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020

These reguations 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.


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