14 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in December

Important deadlines relating to chemicals labelling, invasive alien species, environmental impact assessment, energy, marine conservation, climate change, waste management, water abstraction, and river basin management plans are coming up in December.


1 December 2019: Amendments to the EU Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation apply. EU Regulations 2018/669/EU and 2018/1480/EU provide for the translation of the names of substances listed under the EU CLP regime into each of the EU languages in which the regulation has been published. Suppliers should have adapted their labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and sold off existing stocks. Labels of a substance or mixture must now be written in the official language of the Member State where it is placed on the market, following the translated chemical names in the list.

1 December 2019: The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 (SR 2019/159) enters into force, introducing penalties and sanctions that give effect to the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation 1143/2014/EU.

1 December 2019: The Waterways (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 (SR 2019/209) enter into force. They implement the updated environmental impact assessment (EIA) requirements for canal schemes and relevant marina works in Northern Ireland.

7 December 2019: The Environmental Impact Assessment (Transport) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/322) enter into force. They ensure the updated environmental impact assessment (EIA) requirements is reflected in the EIA process for transport projects in Scotland. 

31 December 2019: The Water Abstraction (Transitional Provisions) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/1455) enter into force. They extend the transitional period during which abstractors exempt under a now-removed exemption can continue to abstract water without a licence for a further six months, until 30 June 2020.


Consultations & policy

4 December 2019: Scottish government consultation on the role of public sector bodies in tackling climate change closes. 

4 December 2019: Scottish government consultation on Scotland’s local energy policy statement closes. The draft local energy policy statement is intended to help deliver innovative local energy systems, identified as a strategic priority in the 2017 Scottish Energy Strategy. It sets out ten key principles and outcomes for the development of future renewable energy projects. 

5 December 2019: DEFRA consultation on the use of general licences to remove or kill wild birds in England closes.  

10 December 2019: Scottish government consultation on draft regulations for the deposit and return scheme closes. The proposed deposit and return scheme will enable consumers to take single-use containers back and redeem a 20 pence deposit from any retailer selling drinks covered by the scheme, including plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, aluminium and steel cans, and glass bottles.

10 December 2019: BEIS follow-up consultation on the planning system for electricity storage closes.

11 December 2019: DAERA consultation on the draft Waste Management Plan for Northern Ireland closes.

12 December 2019: Scottish government consultation on legislation for the circular economy closes. Proposals cover in particular the enactment of a Circular Economy Bill, and of two sets of secondary regulations.

22 December 2019: NRW consultation on the 2021-2027 river basin management plans for Wales closes. It focuses on significant water management issues in the Welsh river basin districts. An Environment Agency consultation on river basin management plans is also ongoing but will run until April 2020.

31 December 2019: Scottish government consultation on designating a deep sea marine reserve in Scottish waters closes.

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