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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 3311 of 2003).

Type of law

The Regulations control emissions of carbon dioxide from any of the activities listed in Schedule 1 to the Regulations. Part 2 of Schedule 1 sets out rules for the interpretation of Part 1 of Schedule 1. Part 1 of the Regulations (regs. 1 to 6) sets out general provisions. Regulation 2 contains definitions including designating the regulators for installations under the scheme. The other regulations in Part 1 deal with general matters such as the service of notices under the Regulations. Part 2 deals with the need for a permit to operate an installation covered by the Regulations (reg. 7), the procedure for granting permits and the contents of permits (regs. 8 to 10), and the treatment of permits once granted (regs. 12 to 16). The conditions of permits (reg. 10) must ensure that the emissions of the installation are properly monitored and reported and that the operator surrenders within 4 months of the end of each scheme year allowances equal to the annual reportable emissions from the installation during that year. Part 3 deals with the allocation of allowances. Part 4 (regs. 22 to 25) contains the enforcement powers under the Regulations. Part 5 (regs. 26 to 28) and Schedules 2 to 4 provide for appeals against decisions of the regulator and for appeals for the appropriate authority, responsible authority or the Secretary of State to reconsider decisions under the Regulations. Part 6 (regs. 29 to 31) sets out information gathering powers and publicity requirements. Part 7 (regs. 32 to 35) sets out offences for contraventions of the Regulations and civil penalties where an operator fails to surrender sufficient allowances to cover its specified emissions. Part 8 (regs. 36 to 37) enables the appropriate authority to give directions and guidance to regulators. Part 9 (reg. 38) and Schedule 5 deal with consequential amendments required by the introduction of the emissions trading scheme in the Regulations.
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Entry into force notes
Coming into force on 31 December 2003.
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Legislation status
Legislation Amendment