March: New regulations
The latest legislation, guidance and consultation.
31 January 2020
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020 make numerous technical amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012.
16 January 2020
The Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 make amendments to various waste regulations in Northern Ireland. They implement amendments made to Directive 2008/98/EC, on waste, to replace references to the Waste Management Strategy with Waste Management Plan.
23 January 2020
The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 has now received royal assent and been passed into law. It implements the agreement made between the UK and the EU regarding the arrangements for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
11 February 2020
The Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations 2020 opens the countryside stewardship grant scheme for applications. The scheme will provide funding for environmental improvements through activities such as restoring habitats, conservation of habitats, managing flood risks, and pollution reduction.
1 April 2020
The Landfill Disposals Tax (Tax Rates) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 set the standard rate for landfill disposals tax at £94.15 per tonne for disposals made on or after 1 April 2020. The lower rate will be set to £3 per tonne and the unauthorised disposals rate at £141.20 per tonne. cedr.ec/6lz
13 January 2020
The Environment Agency has issued a regulatory position statement (RPS) on 'Collecting non-hazardous, non-food waste from different premises at a single site: RPS 224'. If you comply with this RPS you can collect waste that is produced at different premises within a single identifiable site, and store it within the same site. cedr.ec/6lv
13 January 2020
The Environment Agency has issued a regulatory position statement (RPS) on 'Collecting food waste from different premises at a single site: RPS 225'. If you comply with this RPS you can collect, but not treat, food waste produced at different premises within a single identifiable site, and store it within the same site. cedr.ec/6lu
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has published the zero draft plan of its post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The framework establishes five long-term goals for 2050 that are related to the UN's vision for biodiversity. It is expected to be adopted by governments at a UN summit in Kunming, China, in October this year.
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.