October 2018: New regulations

The latest guidance, consultations and legislation. 


Air quality

Comes into force: 27 July 2018


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published the Code of Good Agricultural Practice for reducing ammonia emissions from farms in England. It explains the practical steps farmers, growers, land managers, advisors and contractors can take to reduce such emissions and improve air quality.



Climate change

Comes into force: 31 August 2018

England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

The Environment Agency has issued a series of guidance updates for those involved in climate change umbrella agreements. These are legal documents for the various sector associations which outline their obligations in the Climate Change Agreements scheme.




Energy efficiency

Comes into force: 09 July 2018


Directive 2018/844/EU amends the directives on the energy performance of buildings and energy efficiency, in order to make significant efficiency gains in the EU building sector. It must be implemented into national law by 10 March 2020.



Pollution prevention and control

Comes into force: 01 September 2018


The Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 begin the basis for an integrated framework of environmental authorisations by establishing a system for radioactive substances activities. Those carrying out such activities must obtain an authorisation to do so.



Energy efficiency

Comes into force: 01 September 2018


Halogen lightbulbs have now been banned under Regulation (EC) 244/2009, on ecodesign requirements for non-directional household lamps. Remaining stocks can still be sold, but the switchover to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is now under way.




Comes into force: 17 September 2018

England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) Regulations 2018 make various amendments to deal with out-of-date references to domestic and EU legislation, including hazardous waste, environmental information and pesticides.





Comes into force: 23 July 2018


The European Commission is seeking views on options to address the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation. It gives options to address the links between different areas of legislation, and combat the problem of substances of concern in products and waste.



Air quality

Comes into force: 29 August 2018

Northern Ireland

The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is consulting on proposed amendments to the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015, which aim to bring Northern Ireland in line with EU requirements, help control its greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.


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