20th November 2015

Environmental Permitting Regulations

DEFRA is consulting on proposals to amend the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales). The amendment will transpose Directive 2014/99/EU on Stage II Petrol Vapour Recovery during Refuelling of Motor Vehicles at Service Stations. Consultation closes 11th January 2016.

The purpose of the regulations is to reduce levels of volatile organic compounds escaping into atmosphere at service stations. Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from refuelling vehicles contribute to the formation of low level ozone, a major air pollutant.

19th November 2015

Economic recovery of petroleum

DECC is seeking views on a draft strategy for maximising economic recovery of petroleum from the United Kingdom Continental Shelf. Consultation closes 8th January 2016.

This Consultation invites views on the suitability of this draft in particular from all those who will be subject to the Strategy. The Strategy, once in force, would be binding on holders of offshore petroleum licences; operators appointed under those licences; operators of upstream petroleum infrastructure; and persons planning and carrying out the commissioning of upstream petroleum infrastructure.

17th November 2015

New technical guidelines for water companies

The Environment Agency is consulting on the new technical guidelines for water companies to follow when writing their water resources management plans. The guidelines have been jointly produced by the Environment Agency, Defra, Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and Ofwat. Consultation closes 8th January 2016

The guidance is for water companies in England and Wales. It sets out a technical framework for water companies to follow when developing and presenting their water resources management plans.

This consultation is relevant to anyone working on, or who has an interest in water company water resources planning. This includes water companies, national and local government, non-government organisations, other regulators, consultants, academic institutions, individuals and community groups, and potential third party suppliers of water. (Source: