Environmental Legislation Website


Welcome to the OGUK Environmental Legislation Website. The aim of this site is to provide access to information on statutory environmental requirements for offshore upstream oil and gas operations. The website provides guidance on the consents required and the scheduling of these operations. In addition, there is guidance about the consent applications, statutory limits for discharges and emissions, and what statutory and industry reporting mechanisms are in place. Guidance is also given on consent renewal, variation and what to do in the event of non-compliance.

The website is maintained and updated on a quarterly basis to ensure the information provided is accurate and up to date (see How to Use Site for more information). Oil & Gas UK News is updated more frequently as required.

The contents of the site is driven by the Oil & Gas UK membership, and if anyone has suggestions for additional topics or summary tables please contact us. In addition any feedback on broken links, errors or useful items for inclusions will be welcomed.

EU Exit: The UK left the EU on the 31 January 2020, under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) as amended. Under the Act, EU laws and regulations will continue to apply in the UK until the ‘implementation period’ has ended on 31 December 2020. After the implementation period, any new EU laws will no longer apply in the UK and the majority of ‘EU Exit’ regulations will come into force. During the withdrawal and implementation periods, the UK and devolved governments have embedded requirements into national legislation as required to maintain an equivalent standard of environmental regulation post Brexit as was attained within the EU. For the most part the legislative requirements have not changed. A full update will be published at a later date.

COVID-19: Following the outbreak of COVID-19, OGUK have provided regular updates of any news or guidance that affects the oil and gas industry. The updates can be found here.

OPRED communications: OPRED publish communications to stakeholders relating to the regulation of environmental and decommissioning activity. These communications can be found here.

Crown material has been reproduced with the permission of the controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. The material available in this guide is designed to provide general information only. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, it does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Content of this site must not be used for re-sale.