Free Legislation Updates February 2020

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31 January 2020

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020

Under the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. This implemented the withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU.

The post-Brexit transition period under this Act runs until 11pm on 31 December 2020. During the transition period the UK will remain part of the European Economic Area, single market and customs union.

11 February 2020

Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations 2020

replace the countryside stewardship grant scheme for land managers in England from 2021. The interim scheme introduced by these regulations supports the transition away from the EU Common Agricultural Policy towards a new Environmental Land Management Scheme, which is programmed for full roll out in 2024.

The interim scheme will continue to provide grants to farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers in order to make environmental improvements.

31 January 2020

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012 correct errors and allow the UK to participate in the EU ETS before the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.

01 April 2020

Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

These regulations will apply mandatory minimum energy efficiency standards on domestic private rented properties in Scotland.

Landlords of domestic private rented properties may not let these properties if they do not meet the respective energy performance certificate rating by the dates stated. The minimum efficiency required will initially be an an E rating, later increasing to D.

14 December 2019

Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031

This Regulation applies a consolidated, common regime for the control of plant pests and diseases.

The Regulation applies controls on plant pests, plants, plant material, seeds and other material and will be retained as UK law. A range of regulations implement this Regulation across the UK.

31 January 2020

New and Updated Regulatory Position Statements

A range of Regulatory Position Statements were published or updated in January 2020.

This includes statements authorising the collection of food waste or non-food, non-hazardous waste at a single site. These statements may only be applied where the conditions stated are met. The statements were applied as an interim measure while the Government reviews the waste exemption regime.

12 November 2019

Decision establishing Best Available Techniques (BAT) for Waste Incineration

This Decision defines best available techniques (BAT) for permitted waste incineration installations. New installations will be required to meet these before commencing operation. Authorities will be required to update permits for existing installations to reflect BAT by 12 November 2023.

12 November 2019

Decision establishing Best Available Techniques (BAT) Conclusions for the Food, Drink and Milk Industries

This Decision establishes best available techniques (BAT) for permitted installations in the food, drink and milk production sectors. The Decision will also apply to associated waste water treatment plants.

Applicable BAT must be met before installations operate for the first time. Permits for existing food, drink and milk installations will need to be updated to reflect applicable BAT requirements by 12 November 2023.

22 February 2020

Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2019

These regulations will amend the Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. Amendments aim to improve clarity, ensuring environmental impact assessment (EIA) requirements are applied as intended.

16 January 2020

Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019

These regulations amend six items of waste legislation to insert the term 'waste management plan'. This reflects the Northern Irish Waste Management Plan, which was introduced in December 2019.

01 April 2020

Updated Ecodesign requirements

Nine Regulations will apply updated ecodesign requirements across nine classes of electric product. This includes electric motors, variable speed drives and lighting. Ecodesign requirements must be met in order to place the products on the market from the respective date set.

The UK's Clean Growth Strategy commits to at least keeping step with equivalent ecodesign standards 'where possible and appropriate' post-Brexit.


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