Atmospherics Legislation

Decision 2015/1534/EU on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union at the International Maritime Organization during the 68th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee and the 95th session of the Maritime Safety Committee on the adoption of amendments to MARPOL, SOLAS and the 2009 Guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems. This Decision sets out adoption of amendments to MARPOL, SOLAS and the 2009 Guidelines for exhaust gas cleaning systems.
Geneva Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution 1979 and its protocols The Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution has addressed some of the major environmental problems of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region through scientific collaboration and policy negotiation since 1979. Signed in 1979 it entered into force in 1983. Since implementation, the Convention has been extended by eight protocols that identify specific measures to be taken by operators to cut their air emission pollutants.
MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI – Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships Annex VI Annex VI is concerned with the control of emissions of ozone depleting substances, NOx, SOx, and VOCs and require ships (including platforms and drilling rigs) to be issued with an International Air Pollution Certificate following survey. There are a number of exclusions and exemptions, which limits the applicability of Annex VI to offshore oil and gas operations. Note: MARPOL 73/78 also defines a ship to include “floating craft and fixed or floating platforms” and these are required where appropriate to comply with the requirements similar to those set out for vessels. Entered into force on 19 May 2005 and a revised Annex VI was adopted in October 2008 which entered into force on 1 July 2010. The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, which entered into force on 1 January 2013, add a new chapter 4 to Annex VI on Regulations on energy efficiency for ships to make mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.  The main changes to the MARPOL Annex VI will see a progressive reduction in sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships.  The limits applicable to Sulphur Emissions Control Areas (which the UK is part) have been reduced to  0.10%, which came into effect on the 1st January 2015. Amendments to Regulation 13 of Annex VI, which came into force on the 1 September 2015, provide for the Tier III NOx standards to be applied to a marine diesel engine that is installed on a ship constructed after 1 January 2016 and which operates in emission control areas. On 1 September 2015 amendments were made to Annex VI concerning the extension of the application of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).
Montreal Protocol 1987

This Protocol which entered into force on 1 January 1989, required several EC Regulations to underpin the system to control and monitor use of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and other greenhouse gases (see Ozone Depleting Substances Regulations 2015). On 1 January 2015 Regulation (EC) 842/2006 revoked by Regulation (EU) 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases. Regulation 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases, published on the 20 June 2014, aims to protect the environment by reducing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases. The Regulation includes new rules on the containment, use, recovery and destruction of fluorinated greenhouse gases, and on related support measures and sets out conditions for specific use of fluorinated greenhouse gases.

UN-ECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR)

As per EC Directive 93/389. The Protocol became international law binding its Parties on 8 October 2009. As of 7 January 2014, the Protocol has been ratified by 32 countries and the European Union.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 1992 (Rio Convention) and its protocols (e.g. Kyoto Protocol) The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, which entered into force on 21 March 1994, is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which led to the Kyoto Protocol (1997) being adopted. The major feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These amount to an average of five per cent against 1990 levels over the five-year period 2008-2012. The major distinction between the Protocol and the Convention is that while the Convention encouraged industrialised countries to stabilize GHG emissions, the Protocol commits them to do so.

 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2067 of 17 November 2015 establishing, pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council
minimum requirements and the conditions for mutual recognition for the certification of natural persons as regards stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment, and refrigeration units of refrigerated trucks and trailers, containing fluorinated greenhouse gases and for the certification of companies as regards stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment, containing fluorinated greenhouse gases
This Regulation details the minimum requirements for the certification of personnel carrying out activities related to:• refrigeration;
• refrigerated trucks / trailer units;
• stationary refrigeration units;
• air conditioning and heat pump equipment containing F-Gases.It also applies to the certification of companies carrying out activities related to those covered listed above.
Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1193/2011 concerning the establishment of a single Union-wide EU-ETS Registry Regulation (EU) No 1193/2011 establishing a Union Registry for the trading period commencing on the 1 January 2013. The Regulation came into force in November 2011.
Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1210/2011 concerning the auctioning of EU-ETS allowances  This Regulation represents a EU legal base for the operation of the European primary market for emissions allowances and is a dominant feature of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) in its third phase (2013-2020). The Regulation came into force in November 2011.
Decision 2014/904/EU determining quantitative limits and allocating quotas for substances controlled under Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009

The EU Decision 2014/904/EU determines and allocates quantities of controlled substances subject to the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Regulation (EC) No. 1005/2009 that may be released for free circulation within the EU during 2015. The Decision, which is addressed to the 61 undertakings specified under Article 5 of the 1005/2009 Regulations, expired on 31 December 2015.

Decision 2015/798/EU authorising the European Commission to negotiate amendments to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Decision 2015/2337/EU determines the quantitative limits and allocating quotas for substances controlled under Regulation (EC) 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer, for the period between 1st January to 31st December 2016.

Decision 2015/2337/EU determining quantitative limits and allocating quotas for substances controlled under Regulation (EC) 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer

This Decision authorises the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, amendments to the: Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer; and Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, at the Conference of the Parties to that Convention and at the Meetings of the Parties to that Protocol in 2015 and 2016.

Decision 2016/768/EU on the acceptance of the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Heavy Metals This Decision accepts the amendments proposed to be made to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Heavy Metals.
Decision 2016/769/EU on the acceptance of the Amendments to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants This Decision accepts the amendments made to the 1998 Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Decision 2016/590/EU on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Paris Agreement adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change This Decision authorises the signing on behalf of the EU of the Paris Agreement to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in New York on 22 April 2016.
Directive 2005/33/EC amending Directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels 

This Regulation implements Directive 1999/32/EC in the UK setting maximum sulphur content for fuel including heavy fuel oil and gas oil including marine fuel. This Regulation will be replaced in their entirety for marine fuel once new UK wide Regulations are put into place. From 1 January 2008 sulphur content of gas oil must not exceed 0.1%.

Directive 2012/33/EU amending Directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels The 2012 Directive, which came into force in December 2012, amends Directive 1999/32/EC, as regards reduction in the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels. This Directive amends several of the controls regarding the sulphur content of fuel. Specifically, the amendments require: that heavy fuel oils are not used within territories of Member States if the sulphur content exceeds 1% by mass (subject to exemptions); Member States to make sure that marine fuels are not used in their territory if their sulphur content is more than 3.5% by mass (subject to exemptions); Member States to make sure that gas oils are not used within their territory if their sulphur content exceeds 0.1% by mass; change the requirements with regards to the sulphur content of marine fuels used in Member States’ territorial seas, exclusive economic zones and pollution control zones falling within, and outside, SOx Emission Control Areas; require Member States to take necessary measures to make sure that ships at berth in Union ports do not use marine fuels with a sulphur content exceeding 0.1% by mass (subject to exemptions); state that Member States must allow the use of emission abatement methods; and allows Member States to trial new ship emission abatement methods on ships flying their flag, or in sea areas within their jurisdiction.
Directive (EU) 2016/802 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 relating to a reduction in the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels Entering into force on the 10th June 2016, the main purpose of this Directive is in reducing sulphur dioxide emissions resulting from the combustion of certain types of liquid fuels and in doing so reducing the harmful effects of such emissions on the environment.
Directive 2015/2193/EU on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants This Regulation regulates pollutant emissions from the combustion of fuels in plants with a rated thermal input ranging from 1 megawatt (MWth) to 50 MWth.
Directive 2016/2284/EU on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants This Directive requires the development and implementation of emissions control programmes to aid emissions reductions anthropogenic atmospheric emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, ammonia and fine particulate matter. Directive 2001/81/EC will be revoked on 1st July 2018 as a result of this Directive.
EC Decision 93/389/EEC for a monitoring mechanism of Community CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions – European Pollutant Emissions Register (EPER).  Article 15(3) of the IPPC Directive requires the publication of an EC inventory of principal emissions and their sources, previously known as the ‘European Pollutant Emissions Register’ (EPER). This provides information to the public, and helps authorities to assess the effectiveness of IPPC and identify priority areas. Under EPER the UK provides emissions data through the pollution inventories for England, Wales and Scotland and BEIS regulated offshore oil and gas installations. For the reporting year 2007 onwards, the EPER is replaced by the E-PRTR under Council Regulation 166/2006 and with this transition comes a number of new reporting requirements. At the same time as a signatory state to the UNECE PRTR Protocol, the UK is required to establish a national PRTR (UK-PRTR), as opposed to the separate inventories that currently exist. BEIS already collects emissions data for offshore oil and gas activities via EEMS. The reporting requirements of EEMS in terms of substances and thresholds will be extended to meet those of the E-PRTR Regulation. Oil & Gas UK commissioned an analysis to identify emissions of all E-PRTR pollutants that are relevant from an offshore perspective. BEIS and Oil & Gas UK will evaluate the results of this analysis to agree a way forward regarding compliance by the offshore industry with E-PRTR reporting requirements. BEIS will continue to work closely with Oil & Gas UK on the intention to use the provisions of existing offshore regulations (e.g. the Offshore IPPC Regulations) for the purposes of enforcing the E-PRTR reporting requirements and imposing penalties for non-compliance. BEIS will review and adjust accordingly the annual fees charged to operators for the maintenance of the EEMS database, in order to reflect new developments relating to E-PRTR/UK-PRTR reporting.
EC Directive on national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants 2001/81/EC, implemented in the UK through the National Emissions Ceilings Regulations 2002 Directive implemented requiring Member States should to implement measures to comply with national emission  ceilings. Member States were required to comply with this Directive before 27 November 2002. The National Emission Ceilings Directive 2001/81/EC (NECD) is currently being reviewed as part of The Clean Air Policy Package.  This Directive will be revoked by Directive 2016/2284/EU on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants on July 1st 2018.
 EC Directive 2003/87/EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC (EU Emissions Trading Scheme – EU ETS).   The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) Directive was published in October 2003 and came into effect in January 2005. The Directive applies (amongst others) to installations with combustion facilities with a combined rated thermal input of >20 MW (th). This is a statutory scheme for those relevant installations. The aim of the Directive is to achieve reductions in GHG emissions as outlined by the Kyoto Protocol. The EU Emissions Trading Directive covers the six greenhouse gasses that are included in the Kyoto Protocol. However to date only CO2 emissions are covered. The scheme may be expanded in future phases to the other greenhouse gases. Member States were required to comply with this Directive by 31 December 2003. This Directive was amended by EC Directive 2009/29/EC in 2009.
 EC Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control) (Industrial Emissions Directive)  The Industrial Emissions Directive came into force on 6 January 2011 and merges seven directives into one including the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive and Large Combustion Plant (LCP) Directive. The main thrust of the directive is to increase the use of “best available techniques” (BATs), an obligation to ensure that industrial operators use the most cost-effective techniques to achieve a high level of environmental protection. Member States of 2 years in which to implement the Directive into national legislation. The following regulations were revoked and replaced by Directive 2010/75/EU on 7 January 2014:1. Directive 1999/13/EC on limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs);
2. Directive 2008/1/EC on integrated pollution prevention and control;
3. Directive 1982/883/EEC on monitoring of environments concerned by waste from the titanium dioxide industry;
4. Directive 2000/76/EC on the incineration of waste;
5. Directive 1992/112/EEC on programmes for the reduction and eventual elimination of pollution caused from the titanium dioxide industry; and
6. Directive 1978/176/EEC on waste from titanium dioxide.
 EC Regulation No 166/2006  Regulation (EC) No 166/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 January 2006 concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register and amending Council Directives 91/689/EEC and 96/61/EC. These Regulations came into force on 24 February 2006.
EC Regulation No. 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) No 842/2006  This Regulation of 16 April 2014, which came into force on 1 January 2015, outlines the format for the report which producers, importers and exporters of certain FGHGs are required to submit under Regulation (EC) 517/2014.
EC Regulation No. 517/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on fluorinated greenhouse gases  Regulation 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases, published on the 20 June 2014, aims to protect the environment by reducing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases. The Regulation includes new rules on the containment, use, recovery and destruction of fluorinated greenhouse gases, and on related support measures and sets out conditions for specific use of fluorinated greenhouse gases.  The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 provide for the execution and enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 517/2014 in the UK.
 EC Regulation No. 600/2012 on the verification of greenhouse gas emission reports and tonne-kilometre reports and the accreditation of verifiers pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC This Regulation came into force on 1 January 2013. It lays down provisions for the verification of reports submitted pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC and for the accreditation and supervision of verifiers.
EC Regulation No 744/2010 amending EC Regulation No 1005/2009 with regard to the critical use of halons  EC Regulation No. 744/2010, of 18 August 2010, sets various cut-off and end dates for all halon critical use applications (located in Annex VI).  The cut-off date and end date for halon use in oil, gas and petrochemical facilities is 31 December 2010 and 31 December 2020 respectively.
 EC Regulation No 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer  These Regulations consolidate and replace EC Regulation 2037/2000 as amended as well as introducing tighter controls on the use/reuse of certain controlled substances. The Regulations apply directly to EU Member States. These Regulations came into force on 1 January 2010. The Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations 2015 provide for the execution and enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 in the UK.
 EC Regulation No. 1493/2007 establishing the format for the report to be submitted by producers, importers and exporters of certain fluorinated greenhouse gases The 1493/2007 Regulations came into force on the 6 January 2008 providing a reporting form for producers, importers and exporters of fluorinated greenhouse gases in the EU, who produce, import, and /or export more than one metric tonne of fluorinated greenhouse gases.
EC Regulation No. 1497/2007 establishing standard leakage checking requirements for stationary fire protection systems containing certain fluorinated greenhouse gases  The 1497/2007 Regulations came into force on the 18 December 2007.  The Regulation established the standard leakage checking requirements for working and temporarily out of operation stationary systems consisting of one or more interconnected containers including associated parts installed in response to a specific fire risk in a defined space, hereinafter ‘fire protection systems’.  This only applies to fire protection systems containing 3 kg or more of fluorinated greenhouse gases.
EC Regulation No. 1516/2007 establishing standard leakage checking requirements for stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment containing certain fluorinated greenhouse gases  The 1516/2007 Regulations came into force on the 19 December 2007.  The Regulation established the standard leakage checking requirements for working and temporarily out of operation stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment containing 3 kg or more of fluorinated greenhouse gases.  This Regulation does not apply to equipment with hermetically sealed systems, which are labelled as such and contain less than 6 kg of fluorinated greenhouse gases.
EU Commission Decision 2014/738/EU approves the best available techniques (BAT) conclusions for the refining of mineral oil and gas Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions requires the Commission to organise an information exchange on industrial emissions between Member States, the industries concerned and non-governmental organisations promoting environmental protection in order to facilitate the drawing up of BAT reference documents. The Directive came into force on the 6 January 2011. Annex 1 to this Decision 2014/738/EU from 9 October 2014 outlines the BAT conclusions for the refining of mineral oil and gas.
EU Decision 2011/278/EU on determining the transitional EU wide rules for the harmonised free allocation of emission allowances in accordance with Article 10a of the EU ETS Directive Regarding Directive 2003/87/EC (27 April 2011) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC (1), in particular Article 10a. This Decision sets out the rules to be used by Member States to calculate the number of free emission allowances being allocated to installations in their respective territories from 2013 onwards.
EU Decision 2011/745/EU amending Decisions 2010/2/EU and 2011/278/EU as regards the sectors and subsectors which are deemed to be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage Conducted on 11 November 2011, Decision 2010/2/EU is amended as follows: (1) in Article 1, the second paragraph is deleted and (2) the Annex to Decision 2010/2/EU is amended in accordance with Annex I to this Decision. Decision 2010/2/EU is amended as follows: Annex I to Decision 2011/278/EU is amended in accordance with Annex II to this Decision.
EU Regulation 176/2014 amending Regulation (EU) 1031/2010 in particular to determine the volumes of greenhouse gas emission allowances to be auctioned in 2013-20.   This Regulation, which came into force in February 2014, amends Regulation (EU) 1031/2010, on the timing, administration and other aspects of auctioning of greenhouse gas emission allowances, in particular to determine the volumes of greenhouse gas emission allowances to be auctioned in 2013-20.
 EU Regulation No 291/2011 on essential uses of controlled substances other than hydrochlorofluorocarbons for laboratory and analytical purposes under EC Regulation No 1005/2009  Allows the controlled use of substances other than HCFCs for specified laboratory and analytical purposes in the EU. However the determination of hydrocarbons, oils and greases in water, soil and air is not considered essential and controlled substance use remains prohibited (see Oil in Water) and came into force in April 2011.
EU Regulation 1143/2013 amending Regulation (EU) 1031/2010 on the timing, administration and other aspects of auctioning of greenhouse gas emission allowances  This Regulation, which came into force in November 2013, amends (EU) No. 1031/2010 on the timing, administration and other aspects of auctioning of greenhouse gas emission allowances pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowances trading within the Community.
EU Regulation 2037/2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer  These Regulations, which came into effect on 1 October 2000, allow for exemptions on halon use for essential purposes. Essential purposes currently include limited use of oil in water analysis. The use of Freon is now banned under EU Regulation 2037/2000. Apart from the use of tetrachloroethylene (which is an approved method) testing of produced water by other methods will need to be agreed with BEIS.
EU Regulation No. 2066/2015 on requirements and conditions for certification of those carrying out installation, servicing, maintenance, repair or decommissioning of electrical switchgear containing fluorinated gases (F-gases) or recovery of F-gases from stationary electrical switchgear This Regulation sets the minimum requirements for the certification of those persons carrying out the above listed activities.
Air Quality (Scotland) Amendment Regulations SSI 2016/162 These Regulations came into force on1 April 2016 and apply to Scotland only. They amend the Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2000/97 by:

  • Introducing a definition of PM2 5;
  • Setting PM2 5 substance air quality objectves; and
  • Detailing the period by which local authorities are to review the air quality within their areas.
Air Quality Standards (Amendment) Regulations SI 2016/1184 These Regulations apply to England only. They came into force on 31 December 2016. They amend the Air Quality Standards Regulations SI 2010/1001 in relation to current technical standards which improve the accuracy and reliability of how air quality is monitored.
Air Quality (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016

These regulations amend the 2010 regulations and affect rules concerning reference methods, data validation and location of sampling points for the assessment of ambient air quality.

Building (Energy Performance of Buildings) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations SSI 2016/71 These Regulations entered into force on 13 March 2016 and amend the Building (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2004/406. Updating text relating to the inspection requirements of air-conditioning systems in buildings and nearly zero-energy buildings, necessary in implementing Directive 2010/31/EU, on the energy performance of buildings.
Carbon Accounting Scheme (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2010/216 These regulations set up a scheme for carbon accounting to monitor compliance with the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions which were initiated by the Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2010.These Regulations have been amended by:

Clean Air Act 1993 The Clean Air Act 1993 has its origins in Acts of 1956 and 1968.  The Act came into force on 27 May 1993 and gives affect to England, Wales and Scotland only.
Clean Air (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 The Clean Air (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 sets out controls on smoke, dust and fumes, including the introduction of smoke control areas.  The order came into affect on10 February 1981 and gives affect to Northern Ireland only.
Climate Change Act 2008  The Act sets up a framework for the UK to achieve its long-term goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and to ensure steps are taken towards adapting to the impact of climate change. The Climate Change Act 2008 received Royal Assent on 26 November 2008. This was further updated by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 which received Royal Assent on August 4, 2009. The Climate Change Act 2008 (Credit Limit) Order 2016 sets a limit on the net amount of carbon units that may be credited to the net UK carbon account for the 2018-2022 budgetary period of 55,000,000 carbon units.
Commission Regulation 601/2012 on the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC  The monitoring and reporting regulation was published on 21 June 2012 and came into effect on the 1 January 2013. The regulation provides harmonised requirements for complete, consistent, transparent and accurate monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.
Community Emissions Trading Scheme (Allocation of Allowances for Payment) Regulations 2012 Regulations SI 2012/2661 came into force on 14 November 2012. They make provision in relation to the auction process for allocating Community tradable emissions allowances in the UK under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2013 The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) (formerly the Carbon Reduction Commitment) is a mandatory scheme designed to promote energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in the UK initially made in March 2010 (CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010), with the 2013 order entered into force on 20 May 2013.
Emissions Performance Standard Monitoring and Enforcement Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2016/28 These Regulations came into force on the 15th March 2016 and apply only to Northern Ireland. They apply the monitoring and enforcement arrangements for emission performance for Northern Ireland
Energy Act 1976 Under this Act of November 1976, consent is required for natural gas to be disposed of by flaring or venting and this applies to all onshore hydrocarbon fields as well as offshore fields.
Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations SSI 2015/386 Cited as the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015, these Regulations came into force on 19 December 2015 and amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2008/309.
Environment Act (1995) The Environment Act (1995), published in July 1995, set the framework for the National Air Quality Strategy first published in 1997 and most recently updated in 2007.
Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations SI 2015/310 These regulations revoke and replace the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations SI 2009/261 and provide enforcement powers, set penalties and designate certification and training bodies to aid enforcement of Regulation (EU) 517/2014. This update includes amendments to the enforcing authorities for Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations SI 2015/1849 These Regulations entered into force on the 4 December 2015 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland amend the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations SI 2012/3038, which implemented provisions of Directive 2003/87/EC, establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading.
Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 implement Annex VI in the UK. Some aspects of Annex VI are already in place including requirement for marine fuel oil suppliers to be registered and limits set on NOx emissions from marine diesel engines (including those on offshore installations). These Regulations came into force on 8 December 2008.
National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2002 These Regulations, which came into force in January 2003, set national ceilings and a requirement for the development of a reduction programme for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds in the UK. These Regulations apply to emissions from land, territorial sea and the UKCS. At present, the UK government believes that it can meet targets through existing targets onshore. However, this does not preclude future targets for offshore operations. The UK Government is in the process of preparing a national programme for reduction of these emissions through the: Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters 1998; and EC Directive 2003/35/EC providing for public participation in respect of the drawing up of certain plans and programmes relating to the environment and amending with regard to public participation and access to justice Council Directives 85/337/EEC and 96/61/EC (Public Participation Directive). The Public Participation Directive implements the second part of the Aarhus Convention. Directive requires an increase in the already high level of public participation in the process by which regulators consider environmental implications for offshore activities.
Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production) (Seaward and Landward Areas) Regulations 2004  These Regulations consolidate with amendments the provisions of the Petroleum (Production) Regulations 1982 (as amended) in relation to (a) applications to the Secretary of State for petroleum production licences in respect of seaward areas and (b) applications to the Secretary of State for petroleum exploration licences in respect of seaward areas and landward areas below the low water line. Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production) (Seaward and Landward Areas) Regulations 2004 entered into force on 5 March 2004. Petroleum Licensing (Production) (Seaward Areas) Regulation 2008 entered into force on 6 April 2008.
Petroleum Licensing (Production) (Seaward Areas) Regulations 2008 These Regulations consolidate with amendments the provisions of the Petroleum (Production) Regulations 1982 (as amended) in relation to (a) applications to the Secretary of State for petroleum production licences in respect of seaward areas and (b) applications to the Secretary of State for petroleum exploration licences in respect of seaward areas and landward areas below the low water line. Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production) (Seaward and Landward Areas) Regulations 2004 entered into force on 5 March 2004. Petroleum Licensing (Production) (Seaward Areas) Regulation 2008 entered into force on 6 April 2008.
The Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010Air Quality Regulations (Scotland) Regulations 2010 Air Quality Regulations (Wales) Regulations 2010 Air Quality Standards Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 The National Air Quality Strategy is implemented in the UK through the following Regulations: • The Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010 (11 June 2010). • Air Quality Regulations (Wales) Regulations 2010 (11 June 2010). • Air Quality Regulations (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (11 June 2010). • Air Quality Standards Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2010/188 (11 June 2010). These regulations prescribe air quality objectives for a range of common air pollutants and set out the requirements for Local Authorities to follow in order to achieve these objectives.
The Building Regulations &c. (Amendment) Regulations 2016 These Regulations amend the Building Regulations 2010 and the Approved Documents apply in relation to building work carried out in England and also apply to building work on excepted energy buildings in Wales. In addition, the amendments to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 and the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 apply in England and WalesThese Regulations come into force on 6th April 2016, except regulation 2(19)(b) which comes into force on 1st May 2016.
The Carbon Accounting (2013–2017 Budgetary Period) Regulations 2015 These regulations introduce a carbon accounting system which will be used to monitor compliance with the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions introduced by the Climate Change Act 2008, covering the period between 2013 to 2017. The system is compatible with the existing EU ETS trading system. These came into force on 24th March 2015.
The Carbon Accounting Regulations 2009 These Regulations came into force on 31 May 2009 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They introduced the carbon accounting system that will be used to monitor compliance with the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions introduced by Part 1 of the Climate Change Act 2008.
The Carbon Accounting Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 These Regulations came into force on 8 June 2015 and apply to Scotland only. They amend the Carbon Accounting Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2010/216, to include a scheme for carbon accounting to monitor compliance in 2013 with the annual targets for greenhouse gas emissions set in legislation under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The amendments insert a new regulation on credits and debits in connection with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).
The Climate Change Agreements (Administration) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 These Regulations came into force on 28 November 2014 and apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; amending the Climate Change Agreements (Administration) Regulations SI 2012/1976.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (as amended) This Regulation implements Directive 2009/91/EC in Northern Ireland only.  The Regulations require the production of energy performance certificates when buildings are sold or rented, and sets out the requirements for the certificate.  The 2008 regulations came into force on 30 June 2008, and have since been amended in 2009, 2013 and 2014.  The amendments require the addition of technically feasible, cost effective recommendation in the Energy Performance Certificate.  the latest amendment came into force on 25 February 2014.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (as amended) These Regulations consolidate the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 with subsequent amendments since the 2007 Regulations came into force.  The Regulations require the production of energy performance certificates when buildings are sold or rented, and sets out the requirements for the certificate.  The 2012 regulations came into force on 9 January 2013, and have since been amended in 2013 and 2015.  The latest amendment came into force on 6 April 2015 and apply to England and Wales only.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (as amended) This Regulation implements Directive 2009/91/EC in Scotland only.  The Regulations require the production of energy performance certificates when buildings are sold or rented, and sets out the requirements for the certificate.  The 2008 regulations came into force on 4 January 2009, and have since been amended twice in 2012, and again in 2013.  The amendments make it mandatory for buyers and tenants to be shown Energy Performance Certificates, as well as requiring further information to be included on the certificates. The latest amendment came into force on 27 January 2013.
The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is an energy assessment and energy saving scheme established by the ESOS Regulations 2014.  The scheme applies to large undertakings and groups containing large undertakings in the UK.  Guidance on who is required to comply, and how to comply with ESOS has been published by the Environment Agency.
The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 The 2015 amendment regulation are  the latest amendment to the original Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, which have been amended a number of times during this period.  The regulations were amended to include the requirements of the industrial emissions directive.  These regulations came into force on the 21 March 2015 and extend to England and Wales only.  An England only amendment came into force on the 6 April 2015, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2015, giving the Environment Agency the power to accept enforcement undertakings for non-compliance with certain offences under those Regulations. The Environmental Permitting regulations cover onshore air emission activities in England and Wales.
The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 These regulations, which came into force on the 19 March 2015, implement the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 of the European Parliament, revoking the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas Regulations 2009. The regulations cover certification of equipment such as refrigeration and fire protection and fluorinated gas (f-gas) based solvents. Creates offences and penalties for not complying with recovery of f-gases legislation, labelling, qualifications and certificates required to work with products or equipment containing them. The Regulations ban the manufacture and use of certain F-Gases and provide a time period for these to be phased out.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data and National Implementation Regulations 2009 The Regulations, which apply in the United Kingdom, give effect to two parts of the EU ETS Directive. Firstly, the Regulations enable specified greenhouse gas emissions data to be collected. Secondly, the Regulations enable production and other data to be collected for the purpose of enabling the United Kingdom, as it is required to do so by the Directive, to publish and submit to the European Commission its national implementation measures for the third phase of the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme which commenced on 1 January 2013.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) and National Emissions Inventory (Amendment) Regulations 2014 The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) and National Emissions Inventory (Amendment) Regulations 2014 come into force on 1 February 2015.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2014 These Regulations; cited as the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2014 came into force on 22 December 2014.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme and National Emissions Inventory (Amendment) Regulations 2013 These Regulations may be cited as the “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme and National Emissions Inventory (Amendment) Regulations 2013″ and came into force on 31 January 2014. These were subsequently amended in 2014 The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2014 which came into force on the 22 December 2014.
The Large Combustion Plants (National Emission Reduction Plan) Regulations SI 2007/2325 will be revoked by the Large Combustion Plants (Transitional National Plan) Regulations SI 2015/1973 on the 1st April 2016 which was laid out before Parliament on the 4th December 2015. SI 2015/1973 will apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and came into force on the 31st December 2015. They implement, and provide a legal basis for the operation of a time-limited derogation available for existing large combustion plants under Directive 2010/75/EU, on industrial emissions.
The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 These Regulations can be cited as the ‘Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) (Amendment) Regulations 2010′ and came into force on 20th April 2010.
The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) and Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 Amendment of the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 which came into force on 16 December 2014.
The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013  The Offshore Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Regulations 2013 transpose the relevant provisions of the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU in respect to specific atmospheric pollutants from combustion installations with a thermal capacity rating in excess of 50 MW on offshore platforms undertaking oil and gas production and gas and CO2 unloading and storage. In this context, the obligations of the Offshore PPC Regulations 2013 on the offshore oil and gas industry basically mirror those of the Offshore Combustion Installations PPC Regulations 2001 (as amended), which ceased to apply after 07 January 2014. This Instrument came into effect on 19 May 2013.
The Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations 2015 These Regulations provide for the enforcement of EC Regulation 1005/2009 on substances that delete the ozone layer (as amended). The Regulations may be cited as the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations 2015 and came into force on 7 March 2015. These Regulations replace and consolidate the Ozone-Depleting Substances (Qualifications) Regulations 2009 and the Environmental Protection (Controls on Ozone-Depleting Substances) Regulations 2011.
The Petroleum (Current Model Clauses) Order 1999 An objective of the Petroleum Act 1998 is to conserve gas, a finite energy resource, by avoiding unnecessary wastage during the production of hydrocarbons from the UKCS. The actual Model Clause may vary depending on when the Block Licence was granted, but in recent licences flaring is covered by Paragraph 3 of Model Clause 21, and this states that the Licensee that not flare any gas from the licensed area or use gas for gas lift except with written consent. This Order came into effect on 15 February 1999.
The Pollution Prevention and Control (Designation of the Industrial Emissions Directive) (Offshore) Order 2013 This Order applies to the sea within the area of the continental shelf of the UK and to the territorial sea adjacent to Northern Ireland. It designates Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on industrial emissions for the purposes of paragraph 20 of Schedule 1 to the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999. An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no impact on the private or voluntary sectors is foreseen. These Regulations came into force on 15 March 2013.
The Pollution Prevention and Control (Industrial Emissions) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 Amends the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) (Industrial Emissions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013.  The 2013 regulations came into force on the 20 June 2013.  With the 2014 amendment coming into force on the 10 December 2014.  these regulations extend to Northern Ireland only.  The PPC regulations cover onshore air emission activities in Northern Ireland.
The Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 The Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) (Scotland) Regulations set out a system to control pollution from any installation or mobile plant carrying out specified activities through permits, inspections and control of emissions.  The regulation covers the inclusion of best available techniques (BAT).  These regulations came into force on 7 January 2013 and extend to Scotland only.  The PPC regulations cover onshore air emission activities in Scotland.
The Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 This Regulation implements Directive 1999/32/EC in the UK setting maximum sulphur content for fuel including heavy fuel oil and gas oil including marine fuel. This Regulation replaced the 2000 and came into force on 31 May 2007 and is applicable to Northern Ireland only.  The 2007 regulations were amended in 2014 in accordance with regulations 3 to 8.  The 2014 amendment came into force on 18 June 2014.
The Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 This Regulation implements Directive 1999/32/EC in the UK setting maximum sulphur content for fuel including heavy fuel oil and gas oil including marine fuel. This Regulation came into force on 16 February 2007 and is applicable to England and Wales only.  The 2007 regulations were amended in 2014 in accordance with regulations 3 to 9.  The 2014 amendment came into force on 29 August 2014.
The Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (Scotland) Regulations This Regulation implements Directive 1999/32/EC in the UK setting maximum sulphur content for fuel including heavy fuel oil and gas oil including marine fuel. This Regulation replaced the 2000 and came into force on 13 November 2014 and is applicable to Scotland only.