April: New regulations

3rd April 2020

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The latest legislation, guidance and consultation.



21 February 2020

European Union

Decision (EU) 2020/248 sets out technical guidelines for inspections of permitted waste facilities, in accordance with Directive 2006/21/EC, on the management of waste from extractive industries.


Fuel poverty

26 February 2020


New legislation is made in accordance with the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act 2019, which aims to eradicate fuel poverty. They clarify some definitions and establish three enhanced heating regimes. cedr.ec/6pv cedr.ec/6pu

Climate change

28 February 2020

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Carbon Accounting (Provision for 2018) Regulations 2020 update the carbon accounting system used to monitor compliance with the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. cedr.ec/6pk


1 March 2020

European Union

Amendments to Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) came into force on 1 March. They update Annex 3 by extending nine expired exemptions and adding seven new ones. cedr.ec/6pr


Pollution reporting

28 February 2020


The Environment Agency has updated guidance notes for 'Pollution inventory reporting – incineration activities' to provide further support on how plants using their total particulate matter continuous emissions monitors as indicative monitors can calculate their mass emissions. cedr.ec/6pp



3 February 2020


The Environment Agency is consulting on appropriate measures for permitted facilities that take chemical waste, which will replace technical guidance note EPR 5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. cedr.ec/6pm


2 March 2020

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is seeking views on several proposed changes to the Contracts for Difference scheme to make sure it continues to support low-carbon electricity generation at the lowest possible cost to consumers.


Climate change

4 March 2020

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Department for Transport is seeking views on a proposal to introduce a new blend of petrol containing 10% ethanol to the UK market to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. cedr.ec/6pi


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