Legislation

11th October 2019

New EU Regulations on eco-design

New EU Regulations on eco-design covering welding equipment, household dishwashers, refrigeration appliances household washing machines and household washer-dryers.  These Regulations come into force 1st March 2021. They currently do not have official reference numbers.

 EU 2019/–. Regulation (EU) 2019/– laying down ecodesign requirements for welding equipment.  Keys aspects covered by this Regulation are energy consumption in the use phase including times when equipment is in ‘idle’ mode and resource efficiency.

EU 2019/–. Regulation (EU) 2019/– laying down ecodesign requirements for household dishwashers. The Regulation amends Commission Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 and repeals Commission Regulation (EU) No 1016/2010.  The Regulation revises the requirements related to use of energy and water and introduces requirements related to resource efficiency such as reparability and recyclability.

EU 2019/–. Regulation (EU) 2019/– laying down ecodesign requirements for refrigerating appliances.  The Regulation repeals and replaces Commission Regulation (EC) No 643/2009.  The new regulation introduces energy efficiency requirements for wine storage appliances and shows that correction factors can be eliminated or significantly reduced.  Refrigerating appliances with a direct sales function are subject to a separate ecodesign regulation.

EU 2019/–.  Regulation (EU) 2019/– laying down ecodesign requirements for household washing machines and household washer-dryers.  This Regulation amends Commission Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 and repeals Commission Regulation (EU) No 1015/2010. The Regulation revises the requirements related to use of energy and water and introduces requirements related to resource efficiency such as reparability and recyclability.

7th October 2019

Water company fined £146,000

A Midlands utilities company was fined £146,000 and ordered to pay £10,676 in costs for polluting a Northamptonshire brook with sewage. The pollution was caused by various failures at a sewage pumping station. A lack of maintenance resulted in the pumps stopping pumping after they became air-locked, causing sewage to back up in a storage tank. This then overflowed into the nearby brook. Alarms which should have alerted staff to the problem failed to sound.

3rd October 2019

SI 2019/12909

SI 2019/1290. The Pesticides (Amendment) Regulations 2019.  Comes into force on 31st October. These Regulations amend references in The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (SI 1986/1510), The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (Solway Tweed River Basin District) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/99),  The Plant Protection Products Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2313),  The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1657) and The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/407) to Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market resulting from amendment of that Regulation by Regulation (EU) 2019/1009.