December: New regulations
The latest legislation, guidance and consultation.
The Environment Bill aims to tackle the biggest environmental priorities of our time, signalling a historic change in the way we protect and enhance our precious natural environment.
The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 aims to raise the ambition of the greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in Scotland by setting a legally binding ‘net zero’ target of all greenhouse gases
Comes into force: 21 November 2019
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2019 make various amendments to reflect changes in the EU Emissions Trading System for the next phase of the system (Phase 4, 2021-2030).
Environmental impact assessment
Comes into force: 1 December 2019
The Waterways (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 ensure that canal schemes and marina works are regarded as projects likely to have significant effects on the environment and are subject to environmental impact assessments.
Comes into force: 4 November 2019
A new guide has been developed by the Environment Agency covering the assessment and management of blockages in watercourses. It provides guidance on blockage risks and choosing a suitable management approach.
Comes into force: 15 October 2019
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is consulting on the proposed targets for the minimum energy efficiency standard for privately rented and non-domestic buildings
Comes into force: 16 October 2019
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation seeking views on the Waste Management Plan for Northern Ireland. This is a requirement under the Waste Framework Directive 2008.
Comes into force: 24 October 2019
The Environment Agency has invited the public to share their views and ideas on the future of the country’s water environment and rivers through its Challenges and Choices Consultation.