Air pollution—permits
Air pollution—permits

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Air pollution—permits
  • Brexit impact
  • Air pollution controls
  • Environmental permitting
  • EU ETS
  • The CRC Scheme
  • Ozone depleting substances (ODS)

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Air pollution controls

Air pollution controls address global climate change, ozone depletion and air quality, and are complex and broad to cover a wide range of activities. Not all air pollution controls require permits or have registration requirements, as some involve banning certain pollutants, setting targets and standards or focus on the use of renewables and energy efficiency as a way of reducing harmful emissions.

For more information on air pollution controls, please see Practice Note: Air pollution control—overview.

The majority of the air pollution permitting and registration requirements come from European and international controls, which have been implemented in national legislation in the UK.

This Practice Note will be useful for those who want to know which permitting and registration controls are relevant in England and Wales for operators/organisations emitting air pollutants, and focuses on the following regimes:

  1. environmental permitting

  2. EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS)

  3. the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme