New regulations



22 July 2020

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Business and Planning Act aims to help economic recovery following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It introduces temporary and permanent changes to planning legislation which will make things easier for businesses and the economy to transition from lockdown to recovery.


Emissions trading


England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 has been published and will establish a new emissions trading scheme covering emissions from power and heat generation, energy intensive industries and aviation. The scheme is the UK successor to the EU Emissions Trading System.


Ship pollution

22 July 2020 

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships) Regulations 2020 and the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships) Regulations 2020 implement the latest version of the Annexes to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973, to help combat damage to the marine environment.



31 August 2020 


The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020 introduces new permitted development rights that allow existing houses to be extended to provide more living space.



Pollution prevention

31 May 2020 

Scotland/ Wales/ Northern Ireland

New Guidance for Pollution Prevention (GPP 25) aims to help healthcare establishments, facilities, sites or establishments (public and private) in understanding their legal requirements in relation to minimising the impact on, and protecting, the environment.


13 July 2020 


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published guidance to help both householders and businesses decide on how to dispose of waste, including PPE, during the coronavirus pandemic.



Water resources

27 July 2020 

England/ Wales

The Environment Agency is seeking views on a proposed update to the water resources planning guideline. It will inform water companies on what to include in their water resource management plans, which set out their goals on providing secure, sustainable water supply to their customers over the next 25 years.


8 July 2020 

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

England/The Department for Transport is consulting on the next steps to reducing emissions in transport and creating a decarbonisation plan to help ensure we meet the government target of net-zero emissions by 2050. It builds on the policy paper ‘Creating the transport decarbonisation plan’, from March.

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