December: New regulations
The latest legislation, guidance and consultation.
The government has published a revised version of its Withdrawal Agreement Bill to ensure the UK will leave the EU on 31 January 2019. It seeks to implement Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement (a draft International Treaty) with the EU into UK law.
The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 requires the Scottish ministers to produce a national transport strategy that makes provisions for the creation, modification and operation of low emission zones.
General environment, climate change
11 December 2019
The European Commission has published a communication on the European Green Deal. This sets out the framework for a major re-evaluation of the European economy and policies, to cut emissions in the continent by 50% by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2050.
15 November 2019
The Environment Agency has updated its guidance on registering or renewing waste exemptions in order to clarify the waste storage exemptions that do not require registration. It also explains the restrictions on registering multiple exemptions.
4 December 2019
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has issued guidance in relation to the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2017/212. It specifically addresses the sampling of new or emergency sources as an additional monitoring provision. cedr.ec/6jr
13 December 2019
The Scottish government has launched a consultation on the operation and delivery of Low Emission Zones (LEZs), including the substantive issues of emission standards, exemptions and penalty charges. cedr.ec/6ju
29 November 2019
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is seeking opinions on its permit reform for non-hazardous landfills. It is proposing a new, simple, outcome-based permit for non-hazardous landfills.
29 November 2019
The Scottish government has launched a consultation on proposals to set a standard for energy efficiency in owner-occupier homes and to make it mandatory for homeowners from 2024 onwards.
Devolving power from central government to local authorities will be critical for the UK as it looks to deliver on its environmental targets. Chris Seekings reports
The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.
COVID-19 offers the world a huge chance to beat a path to sustainability, says Oxford University professor Ian Goldin – but we must learn from past crises, he tells Huw Morris
The UK’s pipeline for renewable energy projects could mitigate 90% of job losses caused by COVID-19 and help deliver the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda. That is according to a recent report from consultancy EY-Parthenon, which outlines how the UK’s £108bn “visible pipeline” of investible renewable energy projects could create 625,000 jobs.
The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.
The sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will be banned in the UK by 2040 under proposals unveiled in the government's transport decarbonisation plan yesterday.