The Air Quality (Legislative Functions) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

Jurisdiction: GB

Commencement: 15th June 2021

Amends: Regulation (EC) 166/2006 on the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

Mini Summary

Regulation (EC) 166/2006 on the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) is established in the form of a publicly accessible electronic database, containing information on pollutant releases to air, water and land, etc. Operators of regulated industries must report their releases and transfers to the European Commission.


Article 8 (Releases from diffuse sources) is amended to allow the European Commission to adopt delegated acts* in accordance with Article 18a, in order to initiate reporting on releases of relevant pollutants, where there is no data on the releases from diffuse sources**.

*Once an EU law is passed, it can be necessary to update it to reflect developments in a particular sector or to ensure that it is implemented properly. Parliament and Council can authorise the Commission to adopt delegated or implementing acts, respectively, in order to do this.

**Diffuse sources are the sources from which pollutants may be released to land, air or water, that have no specific point of discharge (e.g a pipe or chimney).

Article 18 is substituted and now allows the Secretary of State to amend Annex 2 (a register of 91 listed pollutants), only for specified purposes including scientific or technical progress.

There is no change to duties for organisations.

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