9 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in September

Important deadlines relating to energy efficiency, carbon capture, energy labelling, permitting for the forestry sector, management of invasive alien species, and flooding are coming up in September.

Regulation

5 September 2019: Member States must transpose the requirements of EU Directive 2019/782/EU, which was brought into force in response to concerns around the use of glyphosate, amending the EU Pesticides Framework Directive and setting out harmonised risk indicators to estimate risk from the use of pesticides. The first harmonised risk indicator is based on the quantities of active substances placed on the market in plant protection products. The second is based on the number of authorisations granted through emergency authorisations under the EU Plant Protection Products Regulation. 

26 September 2019: Suppliers of space heaters and combination heaters should comply with new printed label formats and content requirements, as set out in Annex II of the EU Space Heaters Energy Labelling Regulation

Consultations & policy

6 September 2019: BEIS’s consultation on carbon dioxide emissions limits for capacity market participants closes. The recast EU Electricity Regulation imposes a restriction on eligibility for capacity mechanism payments, so that generation capacity that emits more than 550g of CO2 of fossil fuel origin per kWh of electricity are barred from receiving payments; the limit is already in force in relation to new commercial production capacity from 4 July 2019. The current consultation focuses on changes to the Capacity Market Rules to reflect the requirement for capacity mechanisms to introduce carbon dioxide emissions limits in relation to existing capacity in time for the 1 July 2025 deadline.

12 September 2019: DEFRA/Welsh Government consultation on management measures for 14 widely spread invasive alien species in England and Wales closes. Under the EU Invasive Alien Species the UK is required to have effective management measures in place to minimise the impact of invasive alien species of EU concern that are widespread in the UK on biodiversity, related ecosystem services and human health and the economy. This consultation sets out management measures for the relevant eight plant species and six animal species. 

16 September 2019: The Welsh Government’s consultation on a new national strategy and proposals to manage flood and coastal erosion risk across Wales closes. Key changes to the Welsh national strategy focus on: clarification of roles and responsibilities around flood and coastal erosion; promotion of natural measures and catchment approaches; new objectives on improving understanding and preventing exposure to risk, highlighting the importance of good information and effective planning; and direction on how investment is prioritised, supported by new Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Business Case guidance.

16 September 2019: BEIS consultation on proposals to address the issue of decommissioning liability to facilitate transfer of oil and gas assets to carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects closes.

A small proportion of UK oil and gas infrastructure currently up for decommission is suitable to be repurposed as transport and storage infrastructure for carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) projects. The introduction of Secretary of State powers to designate offshore installations and submarine pipelines as eligible for ‘change of control relief’ is planned to avert derailing such repurpose due to liability issues.

16 September 2019: BEIS consultation on the development of potential business models for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) in the UK closes. The consultation is part of BEIS’s ongoing review of CCUS delivery and investment frameworks. It covers: 

  • options on CCUS business models for industry, power, and carbon dioxide transport and storage; 

  • the framework for future evaluation of models to support hydrogen production with CCUS; 

  • the risks specific to novel CCUS projects; and 

  • delivery and coordination challenges of deploying CCUS at scale.

23 September 2019: SEPA’s consultation on the forestry and wood processing sector plan closes. Under the One Planet Prosperity strategy, SEPA is consulting on sector plans setting out how they intend to regulate specific industries, aiming to protect the environment and foster resilient and sustainable economies and communities. The draft plan covers potential environmental impacts and benefits throughout the forestry and wood supply chain from: 

  • forestry and woodland, including planning, planting, management, harvesting operations and transport; 

  • processing and treatment of wood such as sawmills, paper and pulp mills, timber treatment sites and wood-based panel product; and 

  • re-use and end-of-life, including burning to generate heat and/or power. 

25 September 2019: BEIS’s call for evidence on facilitating energy efficiency in the electricity system closes. The evidence gathered is intended to help overcome market barriers to energy efficiency investment, and inform routes to market for energy efficiency to become a reliable alternative to generation and network reinforcement in the UK.

 

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