February 2018: New regulations

A round-up of new regulations this month.

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Guidance

Energy efficiency

Enters into force: 11 December 2017

England, Wales

The Department for Communities and Local Government has updated guidance on Energy Performance Certificates for the construction, sale and let of non-dwellings and dwellings. 

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Water pollution

Enters into force: 1 November 2017

Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland

Guidance for Pollution Prevention (GPP4) helps owners and developers of domestic and non-domestic properties generating domestic-like wastewater who are not connected to a public foul sewer. It focuses on water treatment and disposal. 

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Consultations

Marine pollution

Enters into force: 15 December 2017

EU

The European Commission is seeking views on the introduction of measures to tackle marine plastic pollution, mostly from single-use items, such as bottles, cigarette buds, packets, as well as discarded or lost fishing gear. 

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Legislation

Marine pollution

Enters into force: 1 January 2018

England

The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (England) Regulations 2017 ban rinse-off personal care products containing microbeads to help reduce the release of plastic into the marine environment and reduce harm to marine organisms.

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Emissions trading

Enters into force: 27 December 2017

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2017 change the EU Emissions Trading Scheme 2018 compliance deadlines for stationary installations and aviation operators regulated by the UK to 2019 before the UK will leave the EU. 

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Water environment

Enters into force: 1 January 2018

Scotland

The Water Environment (Miscellaneous) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 amend Schedule 3 to the 2011 Regulations, with new rules for storage of liquid fertilisers, sewage sludge, digestate and oil. 

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Ionising radiation

Enters into force: 1 January 2018

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 and the Ionising Radiations Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 replace the existing regime for workplaces, with new provisions for notifying work and permitted dose limits for exposure to the lens of the eye. 

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Packaging waste

Enters into force: 1 January 2018

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and the Northern Ireland version update the packaging waste recycling targets for glass, plastic, aluminium, steel, paper and wood.

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