November: New regulations

The latest legislation, guidance and consultation.



Comes in to force: 3 October 2019 

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2019 reflect changes in EU law that relate to requirements for servers and data storage and the annulment of energy labelling requirements for vacuum cleaners.




The Draft Environmental Protection Act 1990 Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2019 look to extend existing powers to require holders of waste management licenses to accept, keep or dispose of waste to waste operators holding other types of environmental permit. 



Comes in to force:  15 October 2019

The Nutrient Action Programme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 allow a derogation for the application of livestock manure up to  a limit of 250kg nitrogen per hectare per year, under certain conditions, on farms in Northern Ireland with at least 80% grassland. 



Comes in to force:  11 October 2019

The Regulatory Reform (Specification of EU Instruments) (Scotland) Order 2019 specifies EU instruments containing obligations relating to protecting and improving the environment, so corresponding regulations can be produced in the event of leaving the EU. 



Climate change 

Comes in to force: 3 September 2019 

The Scottish government has published a new programme that demonstrates its commitment to tackling climate change. It includes several important policies that aim to reduce carbon emissions in Scotland, and eventually lead to net-zero carbon emissions in the country by 2045 – five years before the rest of the UK. 




Comes in to force: 2 September 2019 

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is seeking views on the proposal to expand the range of data from waste operator returns available to the public. It is targeted at waste management operators that provide data returns, users of the data and interested members of the public.  



Comes in to force: 3 September 2019 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy seeks views on the Draft Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products (External Power Supplies) Regulations 2020. The Draft proposes to introduce UK requirements for external power supplies that are in line with those supported at EU level in January 2019. 



Comes in to force: 16 September 2019 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has called a consultation on proposals to help develop a policy framework for smart meters post-2020. This will help shape the policy framework for energy suppliers continuing to install smart meters after 31 December 2020. 


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