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Recently Added Legislation

2014

Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Amends the 2011 regulations by changing eligibility criteria for a number of technologies, and sets out revised tariffs for certain methods of generating heat.

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 Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

Corrects an error in the earlier amendments concerning heat generated from the burning of biogas from the biogas plant.

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.

2016

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Makes amendments to the 2011 (Non-domestic RHI) and the 2014 (Domestic RHI) regulations, including changing the tariff uplift from RPI to CPI for schemes with a tariff start date on or after 1 April 2016 and defining what is meant by biomass obtained from a sustainable source.

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016

Aims to reduce emissions and energy use in existing non-domestic buildings. It introduces a requirement for owners of non-domestic buildings (those over 1,000 m² in area) to undertake an assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions and energy performance of their building. This will identify improvement targets for the building. The building owner must then produce a plan that will achieve these targets. Improvement must be completed within 42 months of the assessment.

The Building (Energy Performance of Buildings) (Scotland) Regulations 2016

Requires an inspection of air conditioning systems to be undertaken at least every 5 years and to include all accessible parts of the system. This will come into force for all buildings owned by public authorities by 1 Jan 2019, and for all other buildings on 31 December 2020.

Current Legislation

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

Recently added legislation can be found at the foot of the page.

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

 

Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 SSI 534

Replaces the six schedules up to 2004/406 that set out functional standards for buildings. Requires building owners to inspect air conditioning systems regularly and give advice to building occupants on reducing their energy consumption.

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.

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 (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 (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'.

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2012 No 208

Requires Energy Performance Certificates to be show to prospective tenants or buyers and requires further information to be included in certificates

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 No 190

Amends the 2008 Regulations by requiring the Energy Performance certificate to provide an indication as to where the owner or tenant can receive more detailed information on the cost effectiveness of the energy performance certificate. Requires data to be entered into the Register

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016

Aims to reduce emissions and energy use in existing non-domestic buildings. It introduces a requirement for owners of non-domestic buildings (those over 1,000 m² in area) to undertake an assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions and energy performance of their building. This will identify improvement targets for the building. The building owner must then produce a plan that will achieve these targets. Improvement must be completed within 42 months of the assessment.

The Building (Energy Performance of Buildings) (Scotland) Regulations 2016

Requires an inspection of air conditioning systems to be undertaken at least every 5 years and to include all accessible parts of the system. This will come into force for all buildings owned by public authorities by 1 Jan 2019, and for all other buildings on 31 December 2020.

Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 SSI 309

Requires building owners to make an energy performance certificate available for buyers or tenants and sets out the requirements for the certificate. Also requires public buildings to clearly display an energy performance certificate within the building.

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.

Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 1999 SSI 1

Requires environmental impact assessments of the effects of certain public and private projects to be carried out as part of town and country planning, and road and drainage works.

Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 SSI 324

Amends 1999/1 to require planning authorities to carry out environmental assessments when revising conditions for existing minerals planning permission. Includes National Parks in the definition of 'sensitive areas'.

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)

Amends 245/2009 by introducing new definitions and technical information, including efficacy values for fluorescent lamps.

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

Establishes eco-design requirements for marketing non-directional household lamps including those marketed for non-household use.

EU Regulation 1222/2009 on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other essential parameters

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.

Non-Domestic Rates (Renewable Energy Generation Relief) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 SSI 44

From the start of financial year 2010-2011, reduces on a sliding scale (from 100% to 2.5%) the amount payable as non-domestic rates for business premises in Scotland used solely for the generation of renewable heat or power (or both).

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2011

These Regulations establish a renewable heat incentive scheme under which owners of plants which generate heat from specified renewable sources and meet certain criteria may receive payments at prescribed tariffs for the heat used.

Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Amends the 2011 Regulations by changing the eligibility criteria for a number of technologies, and setting out revised tariffs for certain methods of generating heat.

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

These regulations ensure that participants in the domestic and non-domestic schemes use biomass, biogas or biomethane which is associated with limited total greenhouse gas emissions. They also ensure that participants in the domestic and nondomestic schemes use biomass which comes from sources other than those which are protected and in the case of wood, sources which are properly managed.

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

Corrects an error in the earlier amendments concerning heat generated from the burning of biogas from the biogas plant.

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Makes amendments to the 2011 (Non-domestic RHI) and the 2014 (Domestic RHI) regulations, including changing the tariff uplift from RPI to CPI for schemes with a tariff start date on or after 1 April 2016 and defining what is meant by biomass obtained from a sustainable source.

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