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Environmental Politics

Insight report: 2021 preview

Insight report: 2021 preview

The policy changes that need to be on your radar, the compliance deadlines to prepare for and the key environmental legal rulings to expect in 2021

Horizon scanner

Environmental Law

Track compliance deadlines: download the latest horizon scanning guide

Track compliance deadlines: download the latest horizon scanning guide

Click through to download the Horizon Scanning Guide, tracking upcoming deadlines across 12 key environmental, energy and health and safety sectors.

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Environmental Law

Environmental permitting: the sites the regulator forgot

Environmental permitting: the sites the regulator forgot

More than 1,600 permitted sites in England have not been inspected for at least three years, according to an analysis of Environment Agency data, while other sites have faced multiple checks in a single year

Enforcement

Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

Enforcement action: The regulations that are no longer enforced

There are some regulations that the Environment Agency has stopped enforcing entirely – does this reflect a change in the regulator’s approach to enforcement or a lack of capacity to tackle serious environmental crimes?

Regulation

Environmental permitting: The pitfalls to avoid

Environmental permitting: The pitfalls to avoid

What are the most common reasons for permit non-compliance and how can they be avoided? Adam Branson investigates

Regulation

The firms that took on the EA and won

The firms that took on the EA and won

How did the handful of businesses that have overturned Environment Agency permitting decisions manage to succeed at appeal?

Policy briefings

Policy

Sixth carbon budget signals acceleration to net zero

Sixth carbon budget signals acceleration to net zero

The government has committed the UK to reducing its emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels, with the target set to be enshrined in law. So what next?

Waste

Policy briefing: The lowdown on the extended producer responsibility scheme

A new consultation has set out the key elements of a proposed scheme that will make packaging producers take on the full cost of managing their products’ waste

Transport emissions

Policy briefing: How Bath’s clean air zone will tackle pollution in the city

Bath introduced England’s first clean air zone outside of London in March. Here’s what you need to know about how the scheme works and which cities will be next

Land, Ecology & Development

Policy briefing: What the London Plan’s green measures mean for development

The latest iteration of London’s key planning blueprint contains new environmental requirements, including that proposed developments should manage biodiversity impacts

Regulation

Policy briefing: How to comply with new fire prevention plan guidance

In January new guidance was issued to help waste operators manage the risk of storing and treating combustible material in association with an environmental permit

Upcoming deadlines

Air

The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/79)

These regulations, introduced in February, set rules on how fireworks should be sold and used by the general public

Waste electronics & electrical

Exemptions for lead in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive*

A series of exemptions to the general 0.1% limit on lead set by the 2015 RoHS Directive expire at the end of June.

Waste

Storing tyre shred and chip at a port: RPS 238

From 1 July, an environmental permit will be needed to store shredded and chipped tyres at a port before export, under an Environment Agency regulatory position statement

Waste

The Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/971)

From 2 July, supplying drink products with an attached plastic straw will be banned, with some exemptions

Biodiversity / conservation

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule 9) (England) Order 2021 (SI 2021/236)

This order disapplies, for three species, provisions controlling the introduction of non-native flora and fauna under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to avoid duplication of control measures.

Products

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/422)

The regulations correct the maximum concentration value of cadmium in electrical and electronic equipment

Transport emissions

The Low Emission Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/26) and (SSI 2021/177)*

Regulations enter into force to regulate the creation and operation of low emission zones in Scotland

Chemicals

UK REACH: How to comply with the UK’s new chemicals regime

The UK's replacement for the EU's REACH chemical regulation system has gone live. Here's what you need to do and when in order to comply with it, and the risks you face if you don't

Environmental Law

8 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in November

Important deadlines relating to persistent organic pollutants, genetically modified organisms, planning and development frameworks, smart meters installation, marine conservation, transport strategy, and a decarbonisation fund for steel are coming up in November

Environmental Law

15 environmental policy and compliance deadlines to look out for in October

Important deadlines relating to plastics production and pollution, costs protection for environmental claims, environmental permitting, nitrates action, environmental damage reporting, waste management, water use and restriction of chemicals are coming up in October

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