March: New regulations

Legislation

Climate change 

31 January 2020 

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020 make numerous technical amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012.
cedr.ec/6m4

 

Waste 

16 January 2020 

Northern Ireland

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.
cedr.ec/6lx

 

General environment

23 January 2020 

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

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.
cedr.ec/6lt  

 

Biodiversity 

11 February 2020

England

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.
cedr.ec/6m0 

 

Waste

1 April 2020

Wales

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

 

Guidance

Waste 

13 January 2020

England

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

 

Waste 

13 January 2020

England

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

 

Consultation

Biodiversity

Pending

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.
cedr.ec/6lw       

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