Information and Enforcement

Information on the Environment The European Union has approved the Convention designed to facilitate access by the public to environmental information, participation in the decision-making process, and access to justice in environmental matters. Parties to the convention must take the necessary legal and regulatory steps to enable public officials and authorities to help and advise […]

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Climate Change

Kyoto Protocol The Kyoto Protocol to which the EU and its member states are parties, requires that states tackle emissions of six specified greenhouse gas.  There are biding quantified objectives for limiting and reducing the greenhouse gases.  The gases are Carbon dioxide Methane Nitrous Oxide Hydrofluorocarbons Perfluorocarbons Sulfur hexafluoride The industrialized countries party to the […]

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Natural Environment

Nature Conservation There is a significant body of European Union driven legislation dealing with nature conservation.  This is part of the EU’s environmental function acquired in the single European act and progressively strengthened through the various treaties in the last 30 years. The habitats directive required member states to take actions to protect certain habitats […]

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The Atmosphere

National Limits on Atmospheric Pollutants There are national limits in respect of certain atmospheric pollutants.  They apply to sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, volatile organic compounds and ammonia.  National emission ceilings were provided by the end of 2010.  The purpose of the emission ceilings was to meet specific environmental objectives so that the critical loads of […]

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Water

Water Framework Directive The water framework directive is a framework for the protection of: Groundwater Coastal waters Inland surface waters Transitional waters. It has the objective of preventing and reducing pollution, promoting sustainable use, environmental protection, improving ecosystems, and managing floods and droughts.  The objective is to meet good, ecological, and chemical status for all […]

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Waste

Overview of Waste There are common EU rules on treatment and dealing with waste.  The aims  are to protect the environment and health and prevent the harmful effects of waste generation and management. Member states must take measures for the treatment of waste in accordance with the hierarchy of priority. Prevention; Preparing for reuse; Recycling; […]

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Recycling and Recovery

WEEE The so-called WEEE directives deal with waste electrical and electronic equipment.  The directive applies to: Large and small household appliances; IT and telecommunications equipment; Consumer equipment; Lighting equipment; Toys, leisure, and sports equipment; Electronic and electrical tools; Medical devices; Automatic dispensers; Monitoring and controlling instruments. Member states must minimise the disposal of waste electrical […]

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Drug Precursors UK No Deal Notes

Purpose If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect you if you are handling and trading in drug precursor chemicals. Drug precursors are chemicals that can be used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs. They also have legitimate commercial uses and are legally used […]

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Oil & Gas Businesses UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice explains to businesses engaged in energy sector activities (e.g. oil and gas exploration and production operations), and companies obligated under the UK’s Compulsory Stockholding of Oil regime, how these will apply should the UK leave the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place. This notice covers: oil and gas licensing […]

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Ozone Depleting Substances UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice sets out how the UK would continue to regulate the trade and use of fluorinated gases (F gases) and Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal. These gases are used as refrigerants, feedstocks for the manufacture of other chemicals, in medical inhalers, fire […]

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Car Emissions UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice provides manufacturers with information about regulating and reporting CO2 emissions of new cars and vans registered in the UK if we leave the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place. Before 29 March 2019 Emissions of CO2 from new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles registered in Europe each year […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Eco Management & Audit

Brussels, 7 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS RULES IN THE FIELD OF THE COMMUNITY ECO-MANAGEMENT AND AUDIT SCHEME (EMAS) The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Illegal Logging

Brussels, 21 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS RULES IN THE FIELD OF FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL LOGGING AND ASSOCIATED TRADE The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Protected Species

Brussels, 7 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS TRADE IN PROTECTED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Waste Law

  Brussels, 8 February 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU WASTE LAW The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Ecolabel

NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS RULES FOR THE USE OF THE EU ECOLABEL The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary […]

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Trading Gas UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice provides gas market stakeholders with an explanation of how the trading of gas with European states will operate in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place. Before 29 March 2019 The UK has gas interconnectors (direct pipelines) with Ireland, the Netherlands, and […]

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Climate Change Obligations UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice aims to support the contingency planning of UK operators of installations (for example, power stations and oil refineries) and UK-administered aircraft operators that currently participate in the EU Emissions Trading System, and other organisations and individuals with accounts within the UK section of the Consolidated System of European Registries which also includes the UK’s […]

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POPs (Pollutants) UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice outlines the arrangements that would come into force to regulate Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal. POPs are organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation through chemical, biological, and photolytic processes. They persist in the environment for long periods, are capable […]

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Waste Shipments UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice sets out for businesses involved in the import or export of waste how the UK government will maintain the continuity of waste shipments between the UK and the EU in the unlikely event the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Before 29 March 2019 Under the Basel Convention on the Control […]

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