February 2019: New regulations
The latest guidance and legislation.
Pollution prevention and control: 22 November 2018
The Environmental Protection (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 make various changes, including to the Environmental Permitting regime, to improve performance at permitted waste sites. They also introduce a fixed penalty notice for breaches of the new household waste duty of care. cedr.ec/5o9
Planning: 21 December 2018
The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 amend the Building Regulations 2010 to prohibit the use of combustible materials within the external walls and certain attachments to the external walls of high-rise buildings. cedr.ec/5o7
Waste: 1 January 2019
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018 amend the main Regulations to implement the open scope principle to bring all electrical and electronic equipment into scope and retain the current UK product categories, and make membership of the Producer Compliance Schemes Balancing System mandatory.
Air emissions: 17 January 2018
The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 make updates to existing legislation to set new requirements for some sectors of industry which use fluorinated greenhouse gases. As a result, several new offences are established. cedr.ec/5o8
The Draft Environment (Principles of Governance) Bill contains proposals for how the environment will be regulated by the Office for Environmental Protection once the UK leaves the EU. cedr.ec/5o2
Waste: 18 December 2018
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a new waste strategy for England which aims to set out how raw resources will be preserved; help move towards a circular economy; minimise damage to the natural environment; help tackle waste crime; and eliminate all 'avoidable' plastic waste.
Waste: 18 December 2018
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released a guidance document which establishes a food and drink waste hierarchy to be applied by the food and drink industry to eliminate or reduce the amount of waste it produces.
Waste: 27 December 2018
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs seeks views of the public on the plans to extend the Single-use Carrier Bag Charge to all retailers, as well as increasing the minimum charge to 10p per bag.
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.