If you undertake an industrial or commercial activity that could result in emissions to the air, water or land; increase flood risk; adversely affect land drainage, or have another adverse effect on the surrounding environment, you may require an environmental permit from the appropriate country’s regulatory authority or your local council.
On 18 November, the UK government outlined its Ten Point Plan towards a Green Industrial Revolution. Highlighting the creation of 250,000 jobs, the plan covers ten key focal points that will “allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050”.
On 21 October 2020, the UK government announced new amendments to the Environment Bill that included several changes relating to governance and nature in UK environmental law. RSK Biocensus Director Stephanie Wray considers here what these changes will mean for the industry.
Many industrial operators are looking to surrender their industrial environmental permits – regulated under either the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 or Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 – as part of ongoing consolidation or other changes. RSK has worked on several such projects in recent years, so has collated some lessons learned to help operators to achieve permit surrender as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.