Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Northern Ireland Environmental Legislation
Current Legislation
Future Legislation
Legislation Consultation closing date Date expected to come into force
Proposed Nitrates Action Programme (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 201831 January 20181 March 2018
UK Consultation on proposed amendments to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 201308 December 20171 January 2019
Consultation on WEEE Compliance Fee Methodology 201701 December 201731 March 2018
Consultation on Revised Requirements for Radiological Protection15 November 2017N/A
Consultation on the Proposed Control of Mercury (Enforcement) Regulations 201721 November 20171 January 2018
New Framework for Energy LabellingN/A1 August 2017
Consultation on proposals for transposing into NI legislation Directive EU 2015/2193 on Medium Combustion Plants (MCPs)16 August 2017N/A
Environmental Better Regulation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016N/A11 April 2016
Consultation on the Implementation of Regulation (EU) 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species in Northern Ireland18 May 201601 May 2017
Consultation on the Consolidation of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (as amended)N/AN/A
Environmental Better Regulation (2016 Act) (Commencement No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016N/A10 October 2016
Consultation on proposed changes to the packaging recycling business targets06 January 20171 January 2018
Consultation on proposals to ban the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads28 February 2017N/A
European Union (Withdrawal) BillN/AN/A
Consultation on Bringing Forward EU Emissions Trading System 2018 Compliance Deadlines in the UK24 November 201701 January 2018

Whats new on NetRegs

  • Waste – Duty of Care Roles and Responsibilities

    The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.


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    What do you think about our new and improved website. We want your feedback on what you like, what you don’t like and ways we can continue to improve the website. Follow the link to complete the very short survey: NetRegs website – User feedback

  • NEW guidance on Environmental Management Systems

    We have recently updated and improved our guidance on Environmental Management Systems (EMS). You can find the guidance via the Environmental Topics tab or alternatively select the following link Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

  • Consultation on proposed changes to the packaging recycling business targets

    See NI Future legislation or Scotland Future legislation for details of the Consultation


  • NIEA Guidance - Greenfield Excavated Matrials in Construction

    NIEA and the CEF have developed a Regulatory Position to promote Sustainable re-use of natural excavated material from Greenfield sites.

    NIEA: Guidance on the Regulation of Greenfield Excavated Materials in Construction and Development

  • New GPP 2 Above Ground Oil Storage

    The replacements for the PPGs are being developed. Now available GPP 2 Above Ground Oil Storage

  • SEPA Consultation on an Intergated Authorisation Framework

    SEPA is asking for your views on the proposals for integrated authorisations.

    Consultation documents

  • GPP 24 Stables, Kennels and Catteries

    NEW GPP 24 now available: Stables, Kennels and Catteries

  • ENDS Award winner

    NetRegs; Winner of a prestigious ENDS award 2017

    Knowledge development category winner, see the ENDS Awards

  • NetRegs wins an ENDS Environmental Impact Award

    Knowledge development category winners, see the END Awards

  • EIA (Agriculture) Regulations for Northern Ireland

    Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

    Read more on the DAERA website

  • Download our NEW leaflet today: Duty of Care for waste

    NetRegs have produced a new leaflet for Scottish businesses explaining what you must do to comply with YOUR duty of care for waste.

    Duty of Care for waste (Scotland) leaflet (PDF - 775KB)


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