Legislation Tracker

Forthcoming Legislation

Environment, Planning and Rural Affairs (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1216

Effective: 17 December 2018

These regulations make amendments, in relation to Wales, to a number of pieces of secondary legislation relating to the environment, planning and rural affairs.

Water Environment (Floods Directive) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018

Reference: 2018/196

Effective: 21 December 2018

These regulations amend the Water Environment (Floods Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 to replace out of date references to other legislation.

Environment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018

Reference: 2018/200

Effective: 24 December 2018

These regulations make minor technical amendments to update references in existing legislation that transposes current EU environmental requirements.

Environmental Noise (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1208

Effective: 31 December 2018

These regulations amend the Environmental Noise (Wales) Regulations 2006 in order to implement Directive 2015/996/EU establishing common noise assessment methods.

Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles (“Europe on the Move” package)

Reference: COM(2017) 279 final

Effective: 2018

The European Commission has put forward a proposal for a regulation to introduce monitoring and reporting of CO emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles.

Noise assessment

Reference: 2015/996

Effective: 31 December 2018

An EU directive has been published establishing common noise assessment methods.

Environmental Noise (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1089

Effective: 31 December 2018

These regulations amend the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 to implement more recent EU legislation.

Ship Recycling (Requirements in relation to Hazardous Materials on Ships) (Amendment etc) Regulations 2018

Reference: SI 2018/1122

Effective: 31 December 2018

These regulations make provision in connection with those parts of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation that concern the construction of a ship, the ship during its working life and its preparation for recycling.

Environmental Noise (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/342

Effective: 31 December 2018

These regulations amend the Environmental Noise (Scotland) Regulations 2006 to implement more recent EU legislation.

Emission reductions

Reference: COM(2015) 337 final

Effective: 31 December 2018

The European Commission has put forward a proposal amending Directive 2003/87/EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the EU.

Environmental Noise (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018

Reference: 2018/190

Effective: 31 December 2018

These regulations implement Directive 2015/996/EU on common noise assessment methods.

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.

Emission type approval tests

Reference: 2018/1832

Effective: 1 January 2019

An EU regulation has been published amending earlier legislation to improve emission type approval tests and procedures for light passenger and commercial vehicles.

Ecodesign requirements with regard to standby, off mode electric power consumption

Reference: 801/2013

Effective: 1 January 2015, 1 January 2017 and 1 January 2019

An EU regulation has been published regarding ecodesign requirements for standby, off mode electric power consumption of household and office equipment.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013

Reference: SI 2013 No. 3113

Effective: 1 January 2014, 1 January 2016 and 1 January 2019

These regulations transpose the main provisions of Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (the WEEE Directive).

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1214

Effective: 1 January 2019

These regulations amend the 2013 WEEE Regulations which implement the EU’s WEEE Directive.

Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 2) (Wales) Order 2018

Reference: SI 2018/557

Effective: 2 May 2018 and 7 January 2019

This Order brings into force provisions of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 in relation to Wales.

Sustainable Drainage (Application for Approval Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2018

Reference: SI 2018/1075

Effective: 7 January 2019

These regulations make provision for an approving body to charge fees in relation to applications for approval of sustainable drainage systems in Wales.

Sustainable Drainage (Approval and Adoption Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2018

Reference: SI 2018/1077

Effective: 7 January 2019

These regulations concern approval of sustainable drainage systems and adoption of such drainage systems in Wales.

Sustainable Drainage (Approval and Adoption) (Wales) Order 2018

Reference: SI 2018/1074

Effective: 7 January 2019

This Order makes provision in relation to the requirement for approval of, and requests for adoption of, sustainable drainage systems in Wales.

Sustainable Drainage (Appeals) (Wales) Regulations 2018

Reference: 2018/1181

Effective: 7 January 2019

These regulations provide for a right of appeal against a decision of an approving body under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 in relation to sustainable drainage systems.

Harbour Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Revocation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018

Reference: 2018/193

Effective: 14 January 2019

These regulations revoke the Harbour Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 as amended in 2007.

HGV Road User Levy (Rate for Prescribed Vehicles) Regulations 2018

Reference: SI 2018/417

Effective: 1 February 2019

These regulations provide for a reduction of 10% in the rate of HGV Road User Levy for Euro VI vehicles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.