Legislation Tracker

Forthcoming Legislation

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) (Scotland) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/391

Effective: 28 February 2019

These regulations make amendments to various items of legislation concerning the environment, food and rural affairs.

Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/42

Effective: 1 March 2019

These regulations concern the MARPOL Convention and revoke the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Regulations 1996.

Dangerous chemicals

Reference: 2017/227

Effective: 2 March 2019

An EU regulation has been published adding a substance to those listed in the REACH Regulation.

Guarantees of Origin of Electricity Produced from High-efficiency Cogeneration (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1206

Effective: 13 December 2018 and 29 March 2019

These regulations amend earlier legislation to take account of the UK’s plans to leave the EU.

Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/190

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation concerning GMOs in relation to Northern Ireland continues to operate effectively.

Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1408

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, legislation in the field of international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora continues to operate effectively.

Water (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/112

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation concerning water quality in Northern Ireland continues to operate effectively.

Ionising Radiation (Basic Safety Standards) (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: SI 2018/1278

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, the Ionising Radiation (Basic Safety Standards) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2018 continue to operate effectively.

Water and Floods (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/32

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations amend earlier legislation with regard to water and floods in Northern Ireland to take account of Brexit.

Environment (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment, etc) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/26

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, Scottish legislation in the fields of environmental protection, water, the water industry, waste and bathing waters continues to operate effectively.

Planning (Environmental Assessments and Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2018

Reference: SR 2018/1235

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation concerning various aspects of planning in Northern Ireland continue to operate effectively.

Renewables Obligation (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/35

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation concerning the generation of electricity from renewable sources continues to operate effectively in the UK.

Environmental Impact Assessment (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/123

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation in Northern Ireland on environmental issues (including forestry, agriculture and water resources) continues to operate effectively.

Planning (Hazardous Substances and Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: SI 2018/1234

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation in the field of town and country planning and infrastructure planning continues to operate effectively.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/25

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations amend, in the context of Brexit, domestic legislation that partly implements Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment.

Environmental Assessments and Miscellaneous Planning (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: SI 2018/1232

Effective: 31 December 2018 and 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, certain legislation in the field of town and country planning and infrastructure planning continues to operate effectively.

Ionising Radiation (Environmental and Public Protection) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/24

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations amend various items of domestic legislation concerning ionising radiation to take account of the UK leaving the EU.

Transfrontier Shipment of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/156

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation concerning protection from ionising radiation and shipments of radioactive waste and spent fuel continues to operate effectively.

Pipe-lines, Petroleum, Electricity Works and Oil Stocking (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1325

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations amend earlier legislation, including on the assessment of environmental effects for electricity works, pipelines and oil and gas projects, to take account of Brexit.

Drainage (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/31

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations amend earlier legislation with regard to drainage in Northern Ireland and Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment to take account of Brexit.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1336

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, legislation relating to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme continues to operate effectively.

Air Quality (Amendment of Domestic Regulations) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/74

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation concerning air quality continues to operate effectively.

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1342

Effective: 3 January and 29 March 2019

These regulations amend the ESOS Regulations with particular reference to the UK leaving the EU.

Air Quality (Miscellaneous Amendment and Revocation of Retained Direct EU Legislation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1407

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, legislation in the field of air quality continues to operate effectively.

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/39

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 continue to operate effectively.

Timber and Timber Products and FLEGT (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1025

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation intended to minimise the risk of placing illegally harvested timber on the market continues to operate effectively.

Electricity (Guarantees of Origin of Electricity Produced from Renewable Energy Sources) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1093

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations amend various items of legislation to provide for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Marine Environment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1399

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, legislation in the field of marine strategy continues to operate effectively.

Control of Mercury (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: SI 2019/96

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, legislation in the field of environmental protection, in particular relating to the regulation of mercury, continues to operate effectively.

Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/90

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, UK legislation concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continues to operate effectively.

Climate Change Agreements (Amendment of Agreements) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1205

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations amend agreements made under the Climate Change Agreement scheme to take account of the UK leaving the EU.

Nagoya Protocol (Compliance) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1393

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, legislation relating to access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits continues to operate effectively.

Genetically Modified Organisms (Amendment) (England) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/88

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation that applies specifically to England concerning genetically modified organisms continues to operate effectively.

Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1405

Effective: 21 January and 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, legislation relating to persistent organic pollutants continues to operate effectively.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation concerning the functioning of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme continues to operate effectively.

Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/188

Effective: 28 February and 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation in the field of waste continues to operate effectively.

Radioactive Contaminated Land (Modification of Enactments) (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Reference: 2019/114

Effective: 29 March 2019

These regulations aim to ensure that, following Brexit, legislation on environmental protection — and specifically that concerning the radioactive contamination of land in Wales — continues to operate effectively.

Persistent organic pollutants

Reference: COM(2018) 144 final

Effective: 2019

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to update the EU’s POPs Regulation.

Climate Change Levy (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Reference: SI 2018/118

Effective: 1 April 2019

These regulations amend the Climate Change Levy (General) Regulations 2001

Companies (Directors’ Report) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Energy and Carbon Report) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1155

Effective: 1 April 2019

These regulations impose new requirements concerning the reporting of energy use and efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions, by larger companies.

Landfill Disposals Tax (Tax Rates) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1209

Effective: 1 April 2019

These regulations prescribe the rates for landfill disposals tax chargeable on taxable disposals made in Wales on or after 1 April 2019.

Environmental Offences (Fixed Penalties) (England) Regulations 2017

Reference: SI 2017/1050

Effective: 1 April 2018, 1 April 2019

These regulations concern fixed penalties payable in respect of offences relating to the environment in England.

Environmental Protection (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1227

Effective: 7 January and 7 April 2019

These regulations make amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.

Energy efficiency

Reference: COM(2016) 761 final

Effective: Unknown

The European Commission has put forward a proposal for a directive amending the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive.

Eco-management and audit scheme — public administration sector

Effective: 18 May 2019

An EU decision has been published under the EMAS regulation on the sectoral reference document for the public administration sector.

Eco-management and audit scheme — car manufacturing sector

Reference: 2019/62

Effective: 18 May 2019

An EU decision has been published under the EMAS Regulation on the sectoral reference document for the car manufacturing sector.

Eco-management and audit scheme — electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing sector

Reference: 2019/63

Effective: 19 May 2019

An EU decision has been published under the EMAS regulation on the sectoral reference document for the electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing sector.

Hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

Reference: 2017/2102

Effective: 12 June 2019

An EU directive has been published amending Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Electrical and electronic components containing lead in solders

Reference: 2018/737

Effective: 01 July 2019

An EU directive has been published amending the RoHS 2 Directive as regards an exemption for certain electrical and electronic components containing lead in solders.

Ecodesign requirements for professional refrigerated storage cabinets

Reference: 2015/1095

Effective: 1 July 2016, 1 July 2018 and 1 July 2019

An EU regulation has been published concerning ecodesign requirements for professional refrigerated storage cabinets.

Electrical and electronic components containing lead as an alloying element in aluminium

Reference: 2018/740

Effective: 01 July 2019

An EU directive has been published amending the RoHS 2 Directive as regards an exemption for certain electrical and electronic components containing lead as an alloying element in aluminium.

Electrical and electronic components containing lead as an alloying element in steel

Reference: 2018/739

Effective: 01 July 2019

An EU directive has been published amending the RoHS 2 Directive as regards an exemption for certain electrical and electronic components containing lead as an alloying element in steel.

Electrical and electronic components containing lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements

Reference: 2018/738

Effective: 01 July 2019

An EU directive has been published amending the RoHS 2 Directive as regards an exemption for certain electrical and electronic components containing lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements.

Electrical and electronic components containing lead in glass or ceramic

Reference: 2018/736

Effective: 01 July 2019

An EU directive has been published amending the RoHS 2 Directive as regards an exemption for certain electrical and electronic components containing lead in glass or ceramic.

Electrical and electronic components containing lead in high melting temperature solders

Reference: 2018/742

Effective:

An EU directive has been published amending the RoHS 2 Directive as regards an exemption for certain electrical and electronic components containing lead in high melting temperature solders.

Restricted substances in electrical and electronic equipment

Reference: 2015/863

Effective: 22 July 2019

An EU directive has been published concerning the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms

Reference: 2018/350

Effective: 29 September 2019

An EU directive has been published amending Directive 2001/18/EC as regards the environmental risk assessment of GMOs.

Emission reductions and low-carbon investments

Reference: 2018/410

Effective: 9 October 2019

An EU directive has been published amending Directive 2003/87/EC on emission allowance trading within the EU.

Sustainable Drainage (Enforcement) (Wales) Order 2018

Reference: 2018/1182

Effective: 7 January 2019

This Order provides for the enforcement of breach of the approval required under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 in relation to drainage systems for construction work.

Common rules for combined transport of goods between Member States

Reference: COM(2017) 648 final

Effective: 2019

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to update Directive 92/106/EEC on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States.

Charging HGVs for the use of certain roads (“Europe on the Move” package)

Reference: COM(2017) 276 final

Effective: 2019

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to update the Eurovignette Directive on charging HGVs for the use of certain roads.

Charging vehicles for the use of certain roads (“Europe on the Move” package)

Reference: COM(2017) 275 final

Effective: 2019

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to extend the scope of Directive 1999/62/EC on the charging of HGVs for the use of certain roads to other vehicles.

Ecodesign requirements for solid fuel boilers

Reference: Regulation 2015/1189

Effective: 1 January 2020

An EU regulation has been published concerning ecodesign requirements for solid fuel boilers.

Electricity Regulation

Reference: COM(2016) 861 final

Effective: 1 January 2020

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to recast the EU’s Electricity Regulation.

Emission performance standards for new cars and vans

Reference: COM(2017) 676 final

Effective: 1 January 2020

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to set emission performance standards for new cars and light commercial vehicles.

Directive 2017/2398 on the protection of workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens

Reference: 2017/2398

Effective: 17 January 2020

An EU directive has been published amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens.

Dangerous chemicals in cosmetic products

Reference: 2018/35

Effective: 31 January 2020

An EU regulation has been published preventing the use of two chemicals in certain cosmetic products.

Use of cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts

Reference: 2019/171

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to the use of cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts.

Use of lead and cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses

Reference: 2019/173

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to the use of lead and cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses.

Use of lead bound in crystal glass

Reference: 2019/174

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to the use of lead bound in crystal glass.

Use of lead in bearings and bushes applied in certain non-road professional use equipment

Reference: 2019/178

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to the use of lead in bearings and bushes applied in certain non-road professional use equipment.

Use of lead in certain solders

Reference: 2019/172

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to the use of lead in certain solders.

Use of lead in dielectric ceramic

Reference: 2019/169

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to an exemption for lead in dielectric ceramic.

Use of lead in PZT-based dielectric ceramic materials

Reference: 2019/170

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to an exemption for lead in PZT-based dielectric ceramic materials.

Use of lead in the fluorescent powder of discharge lamps containing phosphors

Reference: 2019/177

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to the use of lead in the fluorescent powder of discharge lamps containing phosphors.

Use of lead in the plating layer of certain diodes

Reference: 2019/176

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to the use of lead in the plating layer of certain diodes.

Use of lead oxide in window assemblies for certain laser tubes

Reference: 2019/175

Effective: 1 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the EU’s RoHS Directive with regard to the use of lead oxide in window assemblies for certain laser tubes.

Energy performance of buildings

Reference: 2018/844

Effective: 10 March 2020

An EU directive has been published amending earlier legislation on the energy performance of buildings and energy efficiency.

Internal market in electricity

Reference: COM(2016) 864 final

Effective: 2018

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to update the EU’s directive concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity.

Landfill and the circular economy

Reference: 2018/850

Effective: 5 July 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the Landfill Directive in order to improve waste management in the EU.

Packaging and packaging waste

Reference: 2018/852

Effective: 5 July 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the Packaging Directive in order to improve waste management in the EU.

Waste management

Reference: 2018/849

Effective: 5 July 2020

An EU directive has been published amending various directives as regards improving waste management.

Waste management and the circular economy

Reference: 2018/851

Effective: 5 July 2020

An EU directive has been published amending the Waste Directive in order to improve waste management in the EU.

Motor vehicles and their trailers

Reference: 2018/858

Effective: 1 September 2020

An EU regulation has been published on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers.

Energy efficiency

Reference: 2018/2002

Effective: 25 October 2020

An EU Directive has been published amending the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive.

Quality of water intended for human consumption

Reference: COM(2017) 753 final

Effective: 20 December 2020

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to update the Drinking Water Directive.

Port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships

Reference: COM(2018) 33 final

Effective: 31 December 2020

The European Commission has put forward a proposal on port reception facilities for the delivery of waste from ships.

Market stability reserve for the EU greenhouse gas emission trading scheme

Reference: COM (2014) 20 final

Effective: 1 January 2021

A draft EU Decision has been published concerning a market stability reserve for the EU greenhouse gas emission trading scheme.

EU Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE)

Reference: COM(2018) 385 final

Effective: 1 January 2021

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to extend the LIFE Programme to the period 2021–28

Energy from renewable sources

Reference: COM(2016) 767 final

Effective: 1 January 2021

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to update the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.

Monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions

Reference: 2018/2066

Effective: 1 January 2021

An EU regulation has been published on the monitoring and reporting of GHG emissions in the context of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources

Reference: 2018/2001

Effective: 30 June 2021

An EU directive has been published repealing and replacing the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.

Reducing the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

Reference: COM(2018) 340 final

Effective: 2021

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.

Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Reference: SI 2017/1143

Effective: 1 January 2018, 1 January 2020 and 1 January 2022

These regulations add new groups of products to those listed in the Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010.

Ecodesign requirements for solid fuel local space heaters

Reference: Regulation 2015/1185

Effective: 1 January 2022

An EU regulation has been published concerning ecodesign requirements for solid fuel local space heaters

Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Reference: SI 2016/838

Effective: 1 September 2016, 1 April 2017, 1 January 2018 and 1 January 2022

These regulations bring more equipment within the scope of earlier legislation in this field.

Sound level of motor vehicles

Reference: 540/2014

Effective: 1 July 2016, 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2027

An EU regulation has been published on the sound level of motor vehicles.