Climate change


9 November 2020 

The Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies: Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 updates the list of public bodies that must prepare reports on compliance with climate change duties. It also states that emission reduction targets should now be included in those reports.


Environmental protection

 1 October 2020 


The Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 have begun to come into force and restrict the supply of single-use plastic straws, single-use plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drinks stirrers.


Climate change

 1 October 2020 

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Climate Change Agreements (Administration and Eligible Facilities) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 extend the scheme providing for a reduced rate of Climate Change Levy, under the Finance Act 2000, until 31 March 2025.

Circular economy 

1 October 2020 

England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland

The Waste (Circular Economy) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 implement the Circular Economy Package fully in England and Wales and partially in Scotland and Northern Ireland.



UKCA marking 

1 September 2020 


Guidance has been published explaining how to use the UKCA marking at the end of the transition period with the EU on 1 January 2021. The UKCA is a new UK product marking that will replace CE marking for products placed on the market in England, Wales and Scotland.


Waste water

21 September 2020 


Regulatory Position Statement 235 allows you to treat or use waste water that contains concrete and silt without an environmental permit. The Environment Agency will not normally take enforcement action against you, providing you comply with its conditions.



Energy efficiency 

30 September 2020 


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is consulting on policy proposals towards achieving improvements in the energy performance of privately rented homes to be Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030.



14 September 2020 


The Environment Agency is seeking views on guidance about measures for permitted facilities that take non-hazardous and inert waste for treatment or transfer.

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