Single-use Plastics (Global)

Various initiatives and legal instruments are already in place or announced :

NOTE : I will update this post online (please keep a note, to check online, as you will not receive an email)

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Ireland, UK, France, Canadian cities, US cities, Mexico local bans, Brazil local bans, etc – plastic bags – see August 2017 roundup (Reuters) – here

Kenya plastic bag ban – here

France ban, Scotland (proposal), UK (consultation later in 2018), Costa Rica (proposal) – cotton buds, cutlery, other plastic products

England, Scotland, Wales – microbeads ban (certain products)

EU Strategy on Plastics (separate post) – includes a new proposed Directive on Port Reception Facilities

EU proposals on 10 single-use plastics bans (separate post)

UK consultation (concluded) on tax measures

UNEP (at UNEA-3) non-binding Resolution Marine Litter and Microplastics

China ban on imports of plastic waste for recycling from developed countries (I posted about this)

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (UK)

UPDATE (Wednesday 27 June) : Royal Assent was given yesterday (26th June), the Act is now published. I will add it to the Cardinal EHS Legislation Registers.

The Act is here.

I posted before about this key UK Brexit Bill. The Bill is now ready for Royal Assent.

When it is available in its Act form, I will add it to the Cardinal EHS Legislation Registers as a Link to UK Brexit Bills. I will put this Link to UK Brexit Acts on the top right hand side, linking from both the Environment Registers index page, and the OHS Registers index page. The Link is not yet there.

The purpose of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972. It will also make other provisions in connection with the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The European Communities Act 1972 was the principal means by which EU law was given effect in the UK.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will first be an Act (after receipt of Royal Assent), and then commenced by separate enactment(s). It will not apply until it is commenced. Commencement could be in sections. Until the relevant section(s) are commenced, the 1972 Act remains in force.

Transport (Scotland) Bill (Scotland)

A new Transport Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 8 June 2018.

The Bill is divided into 6 parts.

Part 1 of the Bill introduces the concept of low emission zones, which are set up under low emission zone schemes. A low emission zone scheme is a scheme under which individuals driving vehicles which fail to meet specified emission standards will be prohibited from driving those vehicles in contravention of the terms of the scheme within a designated geographical area. Where a person breaches this rule, a penalty charge will be payable unless the vehicle is exempt. Exemptions will be set out in regulations but are likely to include, for example, emergency service vehicles. The scheme itself may also make provision for the local authority operating the scheme to grant exemptions in certain circumstances.

Low emission zones are already in place in London. Further low emission zones may be introduced in England as a result of the Air Quality Strategy consultation. I have posted before on this (as part of DEFRA initiatives).

There has been talk of the Bill containing provisions that would enable local authorities to charge for workplace car parking. These provisions are not in the Bill.

A workplace car parking levy is in place in Nottingham (the English law permits this). Further information is here.

The Transport (Scotland) Bill is found here.

New Parliament Statutory Instrument Service (UK)

The UK Parliament website has now launched its new long awaited Statutory Instrument (SI) service. The site is at a beta stage (meaning it’s still in testing). Improvements are expected in the next weeks, and it will include the sifting processes under the EU (Withdrawal) Act (not yet enacted) once those are finalised.

Here

As with the Bills section which has already been a long time running, the new Statutory Instrument service will display the SIs in the different decision processes, i.e. before they are enacted. These decision processes are termed “sifting”.

This new service will be particularly helpful, as thousands of new Statutory Instruments can be expected under the Brexit Acts. These will both amend and replace existing law.

I will be monitoring and posting out to keep you advised (by reference to this location). Once the SIs are enacted, they will be compiled on the Cardinal Environment EHS Legislation Registers (initially as a single link on the top right hand side).

Over time, we will consolidate these into the existing Cardinal Environment consolidated laws that we supply.

Please continue to monitor this Blog closely.

UK exits the EU (Brexit Preparedness)

I posted so far a number of times (marked EU Notices) about the guidance issued to stakeholders by the European Commission and the EU regulators. Note : there are now 65 EU Notices issued, and this material is gathered here.

In addition, please note I posted in 2017 about the going forward invalidity of UK issued carbon credits (EUETS scheme).

On 18th April, the FT published an article about approximately 40 new legislative proposals to be issued over the next 10 weeks or so (in addition to the EU Notices). This article is here. At EU level, these legislative proposals are marked “Brexit Preparedness”.

So far :

(1) a wider consultation on WTO schedules (separation of UK from EU) – here.

(2) a proposal on EU type-approval legislation – here.

Yesterday, the Irish state broadcaster RTÉ published an article of a briefing by the Secretary General of the European Commission to the Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament (and an associated internal document of the planned Brexit Preparedness legislative proposals).

This article identifies the list of areas for these new proposals – banking, tariffs, energy efficiency, medicines, visa, and transport.

Among the proposals is a plan to design a maritime route to link Ireland and the Continental part of the North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor.

The RTE report is here.

Extensions to Packaging Producer Responsibility (UK)

Anna McMorrin has today (13th June) introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill to extend the existing Packaging Producer Responsibility arrangements.

Information is set out here – LabourList.

I will update this post, as further information is forthcoming (including the Bill wording). So please make a note to return to this post online, as an email will not be sent out.

NB: Ten Minute Rule Bills are a type of Private Members’ Bills. To become law, a Private Members’ Bill must be taken up by the Government.

Waste Classification (EU)

The European Commission has issued new technical guidance on the classification of waste. This guidance is here.

Subscribers to Cardinal Environment EHS Legislation Registers & Checklists will have this guidance added (ENV Waste). Some will already have requested it, and had it inserted.

Individual Member States may also issue local guidance from time to time.

Note : this guidance is without prejudice to the interpretation which may be given by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and the views expressed cannot prejudge the position that the Commission might take before the CJEU.