National Emission Ceilings Directive (EU) 2016/2284—snapshot

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

  • National Emission Ceilings Directive (EU) 2016/2284—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • EU Exit Regulations
  • Status of EU directives following Brexit
  • Background to the NEC Directive
  • Main changes implemented by the NEC Directive
  • Purpose, scope and objectives of the NEC Directive
  • National emission reduction commitments
  • Flexibilities
  • National air pollution control programmes
  • More...

National Emission Ceilings Directive (EU) 2016/2284—snapshot

TitleDirective (EU) 2016/2284 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants, amending Directive 2003/35/EC and repealing Directive 2001/81/EC (NEC Directive)
Entry into Force31 December 2016
Transposition Deadlines1 July 2018 (except for Article 10(2) on national emission inventories which had to be transposed by 15 February 2017)
Implementing legislationNational Emission Ceiling Regulations 2018, SI 2018/129
SubjectAir emissions

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

EU Exit Regulations

Air Quality (Amendment of Domestic Regulations) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/74 are made to address the functioning of subordinate legislation concerning air pollution, including and relevant to this content, the National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2018, SI 2018/129. These changes are effective on the implementation period completion date.

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