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2014

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 SR 43

Amend the 2008 Regulations. Require technically feasible, cost-effective recommendations in the EPC to address improvements that could be carried out with and without major renovations of the building envelope or technical building systems. Requires the display of energy performance certificates in certain buildings where such a certificate has already been issued on construction.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014

This introduces the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme(“ESOS”) under which all large undertakings must audit their energy use and identify reasonably practicable and cost effective ways in which they can improve their energy efficiency.

2015

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Amend the 2010 and 2011 Regulations to include power transformers from 1 July 2015 and ventilation units from 1 Jan 2016

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

These Regulations amend Schedules 1, 2 and 4 to the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 to correct drafting errors.

Current Legislation

This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of Energy environmental legislation that may affect your business in Northern Ireland. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.

If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.

Environmental management systems and environmental reports

Capital Allowances (Energy-saving Plant and Machinery) Order 2001 SI 2541

Introduces a scheme for 100% first-year allowances to encourage businesses to invest in energy-saving plant and machinery.

Climate Change Agreements (Eligible Facilities) Regulations 2001 SI 662

Specifies that for an installation or site to be eligible for inclusion in a climate change agreement, it must be likely that at least 90% of the energy supplied to it will be used within the site.

Climate Change Agreements (Energy-intensive Installations) Regulations 2001 SI 1139

Changes the definition of 'Energy-Intensive installations', with exceptions, to include all operations and activities on the same site.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 SI 768

Establishes for the UK a new energy efficiency scheme designed to reduce carbon emissions through improving energy efficiency in public and private sector organisations that consume large amounts of electricity, gas and other fuels.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (Amendment) Order 2011 SI 234

Amends 2010/768 by extending phase one of the trading scheme to 1 April 2014. Reduces the second and sixth phases from seven to six years. The second phase will start on 1 April 2013. Each phase will overlap the previous phase by one year instead of two.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2013

Introduces a simplified version of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) that will apply following the end of the introductory phase established under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010. It provides for revocations, continuing effect and amendments to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 and the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (Amendment) Order 2011.

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Amend the 2010 and 2011 Regulations to include power transformers from 1 July 2015 and ventilation units from 1 Jan 2016

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2013 No 1232

Regulations to make provision relating to fans driven by motors with an electric input power between 125W and 500kW, directional lamps, light emitting diode lamps, household tumble driers and electrical lamps and luminaires.

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information (Amendment) Regulations 2012 No 3005

Inserts additional products (water pumps, air conditioners and comfort fans) into the table in Schedule 1 of the Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010. Amends items in the Energy Information Regulations 2011

The Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products (Amendment) Regulations 2011 No 2677

Insert two additional products (household dishwashers and household washing machines) into the table in Schedule 1 to the Ecodesign for Energy Related Products Regulations 2010. Amend the Energy Information Regulations 2011 to require persons to make technical documentation available from the time when the person placed products on the market and for 5 years after.

Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products Regulations 2010 SI 2617

Puts in place a framework for minimum energy efficiency standards for energy-using products. Adds civil sanctions as an enforcement mechanism. Introduces powers to require manufacturers to pay for cost of testing products if shown that they don't comply.

Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 SI 659 (NI 3)

Allows the Department of Economic Development to promote efficient energy use in industry, and the Department of the Environment to promote efficient energy use in residential accommodation and by public bodies.

Energy Efficiency (Refrigerators and Freezers) Regulations 1997 SI 1941

Specifies energy efficiency standards (electricity consumption) for new household electric refrigerators freezers and their combinations.

Energy Information Regulations 2011 SI 1524

Applies to energy-related products which have a significant impact on energy consumption. Requires information to be provided to customers. Includes powers of enforcement to improve the environmental performance of products.

Energy Information (Dishwashers) Regulations 1999 SI 1676

Requires dishwasher suppliers to provide labels showing energy consumption, and dealers to display this information to potential buyers. There are also requirements for mail order and catalogue sales.

Energy Information (Household Refrigerators and Freezers) Regulations 2004 SI 1468

Expands energy efficiency ratings for certain appliances and requires household refrigerator and freezer suppliers to provide energy consumption information to potential buyers.

Energy Information (Refrigerators and Freezers) Regulations 1994 SI 3076

Requires refrigerators and freezer suppliers to provide labels showing energy consumption, and dealers to display this information to potential buyers. There are also requirements for mail order and catalogue sales.

Energy Information (Washing Machines) Regulations 1996 SI 600

Requires suppliers of household washing machines to provide energy consumption information on their products, and dealers to display this information to potential buyers.

Energy Information (Washing Machines) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 SI 803

Updates 1996/600 to exclude washing machines with no internal water heating capacity and defines 'enforcement action'.

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 SR 170

Requires building owners to make an energy performance certificate available for buyers or tenants and to inspect air conditioning systems regularly. Also requires public buildings to have a display energy certificate on show within the building.

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 SR 369

Amends 2008/170 to change the enforcing authority from the Department of Finance and Personnel(DFP) to District Councils.

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 SR 12

Introduce new requirements to implement the recast Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings 2012/31/EU and to clarify some existing provisions.

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 SR 43

Amend the 2008 Regulations. Require technically feasible, cost-effective recommendations in the EPC to address improvements that could be carried out with and without major renovations of the building envelope or technical building systems. Requires the display of energy performance certificates in certain buildings where such a certificate has already been issued on construction.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014

This introduces the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme(“ESOS”) under which all large undertakings must audit their energy use and identify reasonably practicable and cost effective ways in which they can improve their energy efficiency.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

These Regulations amend Schedules 1, 2 and 4 to the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 to correct drafting errors.

EU Regulation on a Revised Community Eco-Label Award Scheme 1980/2000

Sets out a scheme to award an 'eco-label' to manufacturers who want to inform consumers about what they are doing to reduce the environmental impact of their products.

EU Regulation on ecodesign requirements for fluorescent and high intensity discharge lamps, and for ballasts and luminaires 245/2009 (Adobe PDF - 209KB)

Lists requirements for marketing fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps, ballasts and luminaires. Also includes benchmarks for office lighting and public street lighting products.

EU Regulation on Eco-design requirements for lamps 347/2010 (Adobe PDF - 892KB)

EU Regulation on Eco-design requirements for lamps 347/2010 (Adobe PDF - 892KB)

EU Regulation on ecodesign requirements for non-directional household lamps 244/2009 (Adobe PDF - 94KB)

Lists requirements for marketing fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps, ballasts and luminaires. Also includes benchmarks for office lighting and public street lighting products.

EU Regulation 1222/2009 on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other essential parameters (Adobe PDF 1.5MB)

Requires tyre suppliers to ensure that the tyres they deliver to distributors and end users are labelled with their fuel efficiency and noise levels from 1 November 2012.

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