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Climate Change Agreements (Eligible Facilities) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 [SI 2458]

Amends 2006/60 by making three new categories (plastics, laundries and salt refiners) eligible for Climate Change Agreements. They apply to the UK.

Decision 406/2009/EC on Greenhouse Gas Emission Target for Member States’ for the period 2013 to 2020.

By 2020 the UK must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 16% from 2005 levels.

EU Regulation on ozone depleting substances 1005/2009

Replaces and updates 2037/2000. Allows governments to impose new requirements on handling, use, import, export, recovery, recycling, reclaming, destruction and trading of listed substances. Sets out plan to phase out production, trade and use of HCFCs

Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products (Amendment) Regulations 2010 [SI 783]

Amends 2005/2773 by amending the definition of ‘coating ’ (in the context of vehicle refinishing products) by substituting ‘mixture’ for ‘preparation’. These regulations apply in England.

Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes & Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations (Amendment)(England) Regulations 2009 [SI 3145]

Amends 2005/2773 to allow a person authorised to enforce the Regulations on behalf of a local council to enter premises, take measurements, samples, and obtain information. These regulations apply in England.

Solvent Emissions (Scotland) Regulations 2010 [SSI 236]

Amends 2004/26 and the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000/323, changing terminology relating to the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. These regulations apply in Scotland.

Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009

This Act sets Scotland an 80% reduction target in greenhouse emissions by 2050. It also allows the Scottish Government to establish an advisory body on climate change; requires the Scottish ministers to produce regular reports on meeting the targets; places a duty on public bodies to meet the targets and introduces provisions for a number of environmentally beneficial actions.

Part I sets Scotland a target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from the baseline level by 2050. Greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride, but could be expanded to include any other designated greenhouse gas. The baseline for CO2, methane and nitrous oxide is 1990, for other gases it is 1995. An interim target of 42% reduction for 2020 is also set.

Emissions from international aviation and shipping are currently not included.

Part 5 requires the Scottish Government to implement a number of schemes including: programmes for adapting to climate change; developing a sustainable land use strategy; promoting energy efficiency and energy efficient equipment; introducing regulations to provide an assessment of energy performance of dwellings and non-domestic buildings and develop waste prevention and management plans.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Charging Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 [SR 151]

Allows NIEA to make a Northern Ireland charging scheme for the cost of regulating the EU Emissions trading scheme. These regulations apply in Northern Ireland.

Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

This legislation gives effect to Regulation 842/2006/EC on Certain Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases, which requires standard leakage detection requirements for equipment using fluorinated gases. It covers the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) – in five industrial applications: stationary refrigeration and air conditioning; fire protection; mobile air conditioning; high voltage switchgear and solvent cleaning.

The legislation requires standard checking requirements to prevent leakage and repair any detected leakage. Leakage checks must be conducted in accordance with EC/1516/2007 for of stationary equipment and 1497/2007 for fire protection systems. A periodic check by certified personnel is required, with the following frequency, depending on the quantity used.

Solvent Emissions (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 [SR 165]

Updates 2004/36 and Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003/46, changing terminology relating to classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.