The Environment Act 2021 (Commencement No. 2 and Savings Provision) Regulations 2022

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Commencement: 24th January 2022

Amends: The Environment Act 2021

Mini Summary

The Environment Act 2021 aims to improve air and water quality, tackle waste, improve biodiversity and make other environmental improvements.
You can read our published update on The Environment Act 2021 here.


There are no direct duties for most organisations under this Act. There are duties for the Government, some public bodies and other organisations, such as the OEP. These are described in the Summary above. Where duties have been made that may affect other organisations or businesses, this is through amendments to other legislation which are linked above and in the Updates section of any relevant legislation.


Various sections of the Environment Act 2021 (‘the Act’) are brought into force throughout 2022.

Large sections of the Act are bought into force on 24th January 2022, including:

  • environmental targets;
  • environmental improvement plans;
  • information and guidance on the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP);
  • producer responsibility obligations (in England); and
  • hazardous waste: England and Wales.

The full list of sections bought into force on 24th January 2022 can be found in regulation 2.

Section 21 of the Act, which reports on international environmental protection legislation, comes into force on 1st April 2022.

Sections of the Act relating to air quality come into force on 1st May 2022. The list of specific sections relating to air quality are listed in regulation 4.

Part 7 of the Act on conservation covenants and its related schedules are bought into force on 30th September 2022.


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