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 guidance 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
  • Shipping emissions: Background
  • The international climate regime and maritime emissions
  • International maritime organization regulation
  • European Union regulation
  • UK regulation of shipping emissions

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.

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) to ensure in trials of emission abatement technologies that the Secretary of State must