September: New regulations

The latest legislation, guidance and consultation.


Climate change

The Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 amends the Climate Change Act 2008 in order to make sure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 100% lower than the 1990 baseline.

Comes into force: 27 June 2019. 

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Renewable energy

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2019 make various changes to the legislation on both the Non-Domestic and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive schemes

Comes into force: 17 July 2019. 

England, Scotland, and Wales.


The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (Review of Maps) (England) Regulations 2019 adjusts the time limits for when Natural England must review the conclusive maps showing all open country and registered common land in England.

Comes into force: 01 August 2019.  




Environmental permitting

Defra has produced a series of guidance documents on the requirements for environmental permits for medium combustion plants and/or specified generators under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016. 

Comes into force: 15 July 2019.

England and Scotland. 



Electric vehicles

Two consultations have been published by the Department for Transport on electric chargepoint smart technology regulations and the inclusion of electric vehicle chargepoints in new residential and non-residential buildings|

Comes into force: 15 July 2019.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Carbon emissions

The Department for Transport is calling for evidence to explore consumer understanding of carbon emissions, with a focus on the role that greater information and voluntary carbon offsetting can play in mitigating emissions from ticketed travel across all transport.

Comes into force: 18 July 2019.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Water conservation

Defra has published a new consultation on measures that could be introduced to reduce personal use of water. It is also asking for evidence to help set an ambitious but appropriate target for personal water use by 2050.

Comes into force: 19 July 2019.

England, Scotland and Wales. 


A cross-departmental consultation is seeking evidence to help develop standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics, and an understanding of their environmental impacts.

Comes into force: 22 July 2019.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 
















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