Free Legislation Updates October 2020

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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01 January 2021

Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) from 1 January 2021

Details of the UK-only version of REACH that is expected to operate from 1 January 2021 have been published. UK manufacturers and importers will ultimately be required to register chemicals under UK REACH to continue selling them in the UK.

UK downstream users of chemicals may also assume responsibilities for notification and registration under UK REACH.

01 October 2020

Climate Change Agreements (Administration and Eligible Facilities) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

These regulations support the extension of the climate change agreement scheme until 31 March 2025.

A new target period will apply to these agreements, which provide a climate change levy discount in return for energy reduction targets.

01 October 2020

Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020

These regulations ban the supply and sale of plastic straws, cotton buds and drinks stirrers in England from October 2020.

The regulations provide a limited number of exemptions from this ban.

30 October 2020

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Reverse Vending Machines) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020

These regulations will permit the installation of compliant reverse vending machines without planning permission, where attached conditions are met.

This change aims to help retailers meet take-back duties under the Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020.

01 September 2020

Road Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 2020

These regulations apply an updated type approval process for motor vehicles and trailers.

These regulations support the application of the EU Type Approval Regulation (EU) 2018/858, which will be retained as UK law after the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

01 March 2021

Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020

These regulations will extend the building standards system to require automatic fire suppression systems to be installed in further buildings. These systems will be required in buildings containing a flat or maisonette, social housing dwellings or shared multi-occupancy residential buildings.


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