Shipping emissions—regulation
Produced in partnership with Navraj Singh Ghaleigh of Senior Lecturer in Climate Law, University of Edinburgh
Shipping emissions—regulation

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Navraj Singh Ghaleigh of Senior Lecturer in Climate Law, University of Edinburgh provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Shipping emissions—regulation
  • Brexit impact
  • Merchant Shipping and Other Transport (Environmental Protection) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
  • Shipping emissions: background
  • The international climate regime and maritime emissions
  • International maritime organization regulation
  • Global sulphur cap
  • Reducing maritime emissions in developing countries
  • European Union regulation
  • UK regulation of shipping emissions
  • More...

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.

Merchant Shipping and Other Transport (Environmental Protection) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Merchant Shipping and Other Transport (Environmental Protection) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/311 makes amendments to the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008, SI 2008/2924 to update references to Directive (EU) 2016/802 and, effective on implementation period completion date, to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. Some of these changes include:

  1. substituting the definition of ‘Certifying Authority’ to refer to the Secretary of State or any person authorised by the Secretary of State in accordance with regulation 4 (certifying authorities) of the Merchant Shipping (Survey and Certification) Regulations 2015

  2. adding references to the United Kingdom

  3. making changes to Schedule 2A (sulphur oxides)

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