The Environment Act 2021 (Commencement No. 6) Regulations 2023

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Commencement: 1st April 2023, with one section coming into force on 1st November 2023.

Amends: The Environment Act 2021 (Commencement No. 6) Regulations 2023

Mini Summary

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



The following sections of the 2021 Act are in force from 1st April 2023.

  • Section 68 (Littering enforcement), relating to England.
  • Section 69 (Fixed penalty notices), subsections 1, 2, and 4.

These relate to the enforcement of fixed penalty notices and enforcement for littering offences. The fines and time period for payment allowed on fixed penalty notices are now variable per offence.

Section 19 (Policy statement on environmental principles: effect) will come into force on 1st November 2023. This section places duties on the Ministers of the Crown under the Environmental principles policy statement.

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