Brexit: Environmental standards
Implications for business activities falling within environmental regulation after 1 January 2021
Human health and the environment is currently protected by a large body of existing EU environmental law, domestic legislation and international agreements covering areas including air quality, waste and resources, water, wildlife and habitats, chemicals and pesticides.
The EU Withdrawal Act 2018 will ensure all existing EU environmental law continues to operate in UK law, providing businesses and stakeholders with certainty as the UK leaves the EU.
The UK government and devolved administrations will amend current legislation to correct references to EU legislation, transfer powers from EU institutions to domestic institutions and ensure we meet international agreement obligations.
Environmental guidance by business activity
Depending on your business activities, there are preparations which your business should make for 1 january 2021. The government has published a series of technical guide on areas of environmental regulation detailing potential legal, regulatory and administrative changes.
- Importing and exporting waste from 1 January 2021
- Shipping radioactive waste and spent fuel from 1 January 2021
- Classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) during the transition period
- Manufacturing and marketing fertilisers from 1 January 2021
- Importing and exporting plants and plant products from 1 January 2021
- Trading timber: imports and exports from 1 January 2021
- Running an oil or gas business from 1 January 2021
- Vehicle type-approval from 1 January 2021
- How to comply with REACH chemical regulations and prepare for 1 January 2021
- How to comply with pesticide regulations from 1 January 2021
For more detailed guidance on environmental regulation and standards during the transition period and after 1 January 2021, see the EU Exit questions and answers page on the DAERA website.