Category Archives: Consultations

Scottish Government consultation for an Integrated Authorisation Framework

The Scottish Government have published a consultation for an Integrated Authorisation Framework which would replace the existing permitting regimes Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC), Waste, etc with one single authorisation. For full details and to respond to the consultations please visit Closing Date 12 April 2017







Draft PAS 110 Specification out for public consultation

PAS 110, Specification for whole digestate, separated liquor and separated fibre derived from the anaerobic digestion of source-segregated materials is now available for comment. To download, review and comment on the draft, please go to and register for free online (new users) and log in.

You can also download the consultation documents below:
•    Draft PAS 110 for consultation 
•    Supporting rationale for the changes 
•    Environmental regulator’s response to industry representatives proposal regarding the RBP

The closing date for consultation is 17/01/2014. Please note that only comments submitted electronically through the online Draft Review System by the date given will be accepted. Where possible, comments should be submitted by one person from your organization to ensure that no conflicting comments are submitted by members of the same organization and to avoid repetition.

REA will respond to the consultation on behalf of its members. Please send to Kiara your comments by 07/01/2014 (Tel: 07717 294793, Email:

Source: REA

H1 Environmental Risk Assessment Consultation – Environment Agency

The Environment Agency, is proposing to make changes to 7 of the 11 supporting annexes, within its H1 Risk Assessment Framework. The annexes contain guidance on the making of risk assessments for activities listed in the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) 2010.

The changes that are being proposed can be summarised as follows: 

  • To implement the statutory requirements of the Water Framework Directive, the Environment Agency has chosen to combine annex D and annex E. This has enabled us to present one screening methodology for all surface water discharges.
  • The purpose of annex K has been redefined to enable consideration of derogations from achievable emission limits presented within the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Conclusions document under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).
  • A point source odour screening tool into annex F has been introduced.
  • The ammonia assessment methodology in annex B has been revised.
  • Annex A has been combined with annex C to present a single approach to amenity assessment and accident risk across Predicted Environmental Concentration (EPR). The effects of climate change and the risks of flooding have also been taken into account.
  • Modifications have been made to the H1 Software Tool to demonstrate how the changes in annex D and F would be implemented. In addition, the extraction to a spreadsheet of input and output data and direct links to the EP OPRA spreadsheet have been enabled, and the annual reporting spreadsheet on substances released to the environment.

This consultation is open from 31/10/13 to 24/12/13.

To find out more and express your views please follow the link:

Source: Environment Agency

Renewables Obligation Grace Periods Consultation – DECC


In 2010/11 the Government consulted on proposals for the transition from the Renewables Obligation (RO) under the Electricity Market Reform. In the White Paper Planning our electric future, the Government set out the intention to close the RO to new generating capacity from 31 March 2017.

Further consultations on the RO transition arrangements were published by DECC on 17 July 2013 in respect of England & Wales and by the Scottish Government on 2 September 2013 in respect of Scotland.

Following further detailed analysis, and consideration of representations and consultation responses made to DECC from industry, this further consultation sets out more detailed proposals on grace periods for the Renewables Obligations in Great Britain, and the mechanism by which the closure of the RO and the grace periods will be implemented across Great Britain.

This consultation covers England, Scotland and Wales and closes at 28 November 2013 23:45. Provisions for Northern Ireland will be consulted upon separately by Northern Ireland Executive.

For more information please follow the link: Renewables Obligation Consultation

Source: UK Government. Department of Energy & Climate Change

Open Consultation: Local Authority Environmental Regulation of Industrial Plant: 2014 to 2015 fees and charges in England

The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 provide for the setting of fees and charges for Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) and Local Air – Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) at levels that will recover costs of local authorities of implementing the system.

This consultation relates to the LAPPC and LA-IPPC fees and charges in England and will be of interest to the 19,000 or so businesses who hold LAPPC and LA-IPPC permits, such as chipboard and glass manufacture, foundries, and animal renderers, to crematoria, paint manufacture, larger furniture works, petrol stations and high street dry cleaners, and to their local authority regulators.

The legislation states that an appropriate authority may make, and from time to time revise, a scheme prescribing fees payable in respect of applications for the granting of an environmental permit, to vary an environmental permit, to transfer an environmental permit in whole or in part and to surrender an environmental permit in whole or in part as well as charges payable in respect of the subsistence of an environmental permit. Furthermore in making or revising a scheme, so far as practicable the appropriate authority must ensure that the fees and charges payable are sufficient to cover expenditure by LAs in exercising their functions under the EPR.

This consultation closes on 18 December 2013.

Please follow the links to gain more information about this open consultation: Open consultation 1, Open consultation 2.

 Source: Defra