Free Legislation Updates April 2020

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11 March 2020

Budget 2020

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

These measures include 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.

18 March 2020

Draft Text of the Agreement on the New Partnership with the United Kingdom

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

23 March 2020

Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement) Regulations 2020

These regulations 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 in Scotland by 2045.

24 March 2020

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020

This order provides temporary permitted development rights for restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments. These allow these businesses to temporarily provide a takeaway service for hot or cold food.

18 May 2020

Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2020

These regulations bring 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 dwellinghouses as short-term holiday lets in certain areas. Specified large developments will also be required to include 'changing places' public toilet facilities.

31 March 2020

Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020

This order 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. 

27 February 2020

The Future Relationship with the EU: The UK’s Approach to Negotiations

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.

25 February 2020

European Union Mandate for Post-Brexit Trade Talks

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.

01 April 2020

Landfill Disposals Tax (Tax Rates) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

These regulations increase the rates of landfill tax payable on these disposals in Wales, where made on or after 1 April 2020.

26 February 2020

Regulation (EU) 2020/171 amending Annex XIV (the Authorisation List) to the REACH Regulation (EC) no 1907/2006

This Regulation 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.

09 September 2021

Regulation (EU) 2020/217 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

This Regulation 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. 


26 February 2020

Merchant Shipping (Ship-to-Ship Transfers) Regulations 2020

These regulations 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.


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