Guidance

Oil and gas: offshore environmental legislation

Environmental regulations and guidance on offshore oil and gas exploration and production, offshore gas unloading and storage and offshore carbon dioxide storage activities

The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004

The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 implements the European Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive (2001/42/EC). Although the Directive was not incorporated into UK law until 2004, SEAs have been carried out since 1999 in accordance with its requirements.

The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (as amended)

Council Directive 85/337/EEC on the Assessment of the Effects of Certain Public and Private Projects on the Environment (the “1985 Directive”), as amended by Council Directive 97/11/EC, Directive 2003/35/EC and Directive 2009/31/EC, requires environmental assessments to be carried out for certain types of project, including offshore oil and gas activities, throughout the European Union.

The 1985 Directive and its three amendments were codified by Directive 2011/92/EU (“the existing Directive”), in advance of the European Commission adopting a proposal in October 2012 to further review and amend the existing Directive. On 15 May 2014, Directive 2011/92/EU was subsequently amended by Directive 2014/52/EU.

The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (“the EIA Regulations”) implemented the original Directive and the 1997 amendment, and were amended in 2007, 2010 and 2017 by:

  • The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 to implement Directive 2003/35/EC which provided for public participation in respect to the drawing-up of certain plans and programmes relating to the environment.

  • Article 2 of the Energy Act 2008 (Consequential Modifications) (Offshore Environmental Protection) Order 2010 (the “2010 Order”) which applied the provisions to offshore combustible gas and carbon dioxide unloading and storage operations (in addition to oil and gas production activities).

  • Part One of the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Environmental Impact Assessment and other Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (the “2017 Regulations”) which implements the requirements of Directive 2014/52/EU, and also consolidates the provisions of Article 2 of the 2010 Order (revoking those provisions).

The relevant offshore hydrocarbon-related activities covered by the EIA Regulations (as amended) include, but are not limited to, the granting and renewal of production consents for field developments, the drilling of wells (deep drilling) and the construction and installation of production facilities and pipe-lines in the United Kingdom and on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS). Full details of these and other requirements can be found in the published guidance.

Regulations

Guidance

Applications and determinations

  • Environmental Statements (ESs) must be submitted in hard copy to the Environmental Management Team, and developers should email emt@beis.gov.uk to confirm the submission requirements.

  • Applications for Directions to confirm that an ES is not required should be submitted via the UK Energy Portal Environmental Tracking System (PETS), and developers should email emt@beis.gov.uk if they require further information about PETS.

  • Interested parties can review records relating to submissions and decisions made under the EIA Regulations at Oil and gas environmental data.

Reporting requirements

  • Authorised deposit returns for approvals issued through PETS should be made using the appropriate Environmental Emissions Monitoring System (EEMS) reporting form.

  • Deposit returns requested by the Environmental Management Team for activities covered by an EIA exclusion should be made using this Form (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 77KB) , and should be submitted by email to emt@beis.gov.uk

Environmentally sensitive areas

Environmentally Sensitive Areas (MS Word Document, 158KB)

Project reports

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by email at emt@beis.gov.uk or (01224) 254079 / 254040 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager.

The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 (as amended)

Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the protection of wild birds, commonly known as the Birds Directive, was adopted in 1979, and aims to protect all wild birds and their most important habitats across the EU. Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, commonly known as the Habitats Directive, was adopted 13 years later in 1992. It introduces very similar measures but extends the protection to around 1000 other rare, threatened or endemic species of wild animals and plants, often collectively referred to as species of European importance. It also, for the first time, introduced protection for some 230 rare or important habitat types. The Birds Directive was subsequently amended by Directive 2009/147/EC, a codified version of the original directive.

Together, the Birds and Habitats Directives provide a strong legislative framework to protect the EU’s most vulnerable species and habitat types across their entire natural range within the EU, irrespective of political or administrative boundaries. The overall objective of the two directives is to ensure that the species and habitat types they protect are maintained at, or restored to, a favourable conservation status throughout their natural range within the EU. They therefore not only aim to halt any decline, but also aim to ensure that the qualifying species and habitats recover sufficiently to enable them to flourish over the long-term.

The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 implemented the main provisions of the directives as they applied to offshore oil and gas activities, and were amended in 2007, 2010 and 2017 by:

  • The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 which amended and extended a number of provisions in the 2001 regulations.
  • Article 3 of the Energy Act 2008 (Consequential Modifications) (Offshore Environmental Protection) Order 2010 (the “2010 Order”) which applied the provisions to offshore combustible gas and carbon dioxide unloading and storage operations (in addition to oil and gas production activities).
  • Part four of the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Environmental Impact Assessment and other Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 which introduced provisions relating to the review of existing decisions.

The most important provisions of the regulations in relation to environmental submissions to the Department are:

Regulation 4 which requires the issue of consent for geological surveys relating to offshore oil and gas operations and offshore combustible gas and carbon dioxide unloading and storage operations undertaken in the UKCS.

Regulation 5 which requires that, before the grant of any licence, consent, authorisation or approval involving a proposed activity that is likely to have a significant effect on a relevant protected site, whether individually or in combination with any other plan or project, the Secretary of State must make an appropriate assessment (a Habitats Regulation Assessment) of the implications for the site in view of the site’s conservation objectives. The Department is therefore required to undertake a likely significant effects assessment, or ‘screening’ exercise, and/or a more in-depth, ‘appropriate assessment’, and this can significantly delay the determination of a submission.

Regulations

Guidance

Other Useful Information

Applications and determinations

  • Applications for geological surveys, or notifications of proposed marine surveys which does not require consent are submitted and processed via the UK Energy Portal
  • Applications or notifications can be submitted via a standalone (SA) Master Application Template (MAT), where the survey is not linked with any other activity requiring a UK Energy Portal application, or via a Subsidiary Application Templates (SAT) if the survey is linked to another activity, e.g. a relevant drilling MAT (DRA).
  • Interested parties can review records of geological survey applications and marine survey notification submissions, and any relevant decisions made under the Habitats Regulations
  • A list of Habitats Regulations Assessments undertaken by the Department can be found on: HRA Spreadsheet (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 41.8KB)

  • Copies of specific appropriate assessments that may be of interest to operators can be found below: PA Resources, 2D Seismic Survey Blocks 17/4b, 17/3, 11/28 and 11/29: Record of Appropriate Assessment Caithness Petroleum, Seismic Survey Programme, Braemore, Forse, Berriedale and Helmsdale Prospects and Burrigill Site Survey: Record of Appropriate Assessment

Reporting requirements

  • It is a condition of all geological survey consents that an activity log and close out report is submitted to the Department following completion of the survey. The report is currently an Excel spreadsheet and a copy can be found at using the here
  • In future the returns will be migrated to the EEMS reporting system accessed via the UK Energy Portal and will automatically feed into the Marine Noise Registry (see section on The Marine Strategy Regulations 2010). However in the interim the return forms should be submitted by e-mail to: emt@beis.gov.uk
  • The close-out report worksheet must also be submitted to Schlumberger Integrated Solutions for all seismic surveys, except site surveys, and to Medin for all seismic site surveys. Relevant contact details and guidance are provided in the Excel spreadsheet.
  • Where it is a condition of the geological survey consent that a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and/or a Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) operative is provided for the survey, a MMO report must also be submitted to the Department following completion of the survey, and copied to the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). Copies of the relevant forms and guidance, and summary reports of MMO observations, can be found on the JNCC website here

Project reports

Final Study Report, November 2013 (PDF, 4.64MB,144 pages)

Annex II: Underwater noise propagation modelling and estimate of impact zones for seismic operations in the Moray Firth (PDF, 1.28MB, 62 pages)

  • 2D seismic survey in the Moray Firth: Review of noise impact studies and reassessment of acoustic impacts (PDF, 989KB, 57 pages)

  • PA Resources, 2D Seismic Survey Blocks 17/4b, 17/3, 11/28 and 11/29: Record of Appropriate Assessment (PDF, 8.89MB, 73 pages)

  • Caithness Petroleum, Seismic Survey Programme, Braemore, Forse, Berriedale and Helmsdale Prospects and Burrigill Site Survey: Record of Appropriate Assessment (PDF, 8.62MB, 74 pages)

  • PA Resources, 2D Seismic Survey Blocks 17/4b, 17/3, 11/28 and 11/29: Marine Mammal Observations and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Report (PDF, 8.49MB, 91 pages)

  • PA Resources, 2D Seismic Survey Blocks 17/4b, 17/3, 11/28 and 11/29: MMO Record Spreadsheet (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 2.1MB)

  • Caithness Petroleum, Seismic Survey Programme, Braemore, Forse, Berriedale and Helmsdale Prospects and Burrigill Site Survey: Marine Mammal Observations and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Report and Record Spreadsheet (PDF, 4.38MB, 105 pages)

  • University of Aberdeen staff involved in the project have also published a number of scientific papers relating to the study: Williamson, L.D., Brookes, K.L., Scott, B.E., Graham, I.M. & Thompson, P.M. (2017) Diurnal variation in harbour porpoise detection - potential implications for management. Marine Ecology Progress Series 570:223-232

  • Williamson, L.D., Brookes, K.L., Scott, B.E., Graham, I.M., Bradbury, G., Hammond, P.S. & Thompson, P.M. (2016) Echolocation detections and digital video surveys provide reliable estimates of the relative density of harbour porpoises. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12538

  • Thompson, P.M., Brookes, K.L. & Cordes, L.S. (2014) Integrating passive acoustic and visual data to model spatial patterns of occurrence in coastal dolphins ICES J. Mar. Sci., DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsu110

  • Pirotta, E., Brookes, K.L., Graham, I.M. & Thompson, P.M. (2014) Variation in harbour porpoise activity in response to seismic survey noise. Biology Letters, 10: 20131090

  • Thompson, P.M., Brookes, K.L., Graham, I.M., Barton, T.R., Needham, K., Bradbury, G. & Merchant, N.D. (2013) Short-term disturbance by a commercial two-dimensional seismic survey does not lead to long-term displacement of harbour porpoises. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 280: 20132001. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2001

  • Brookes, K.L., Bailey, H. & Thompson, P.M. (2013) Predictions from harbor porpoise habitat association models are confirmed by long-term passive acoustic monitoring. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 134: 2523-2533

  • A full list of the publications of the University of Aberdeen’s Cromarty Lighthouse Field Station is available using this link

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e mail at emt@beis.gov.uk or (01224) 254079 / 254040 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager  

The Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007 (as amended)

Whilst the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 (as amended) set down the obligations for the assessment of the impact of offshore oil and gas activities (including gas and carbon dioxide unloading and storage activities) on habitats and species protected under Council Directive 79/409/EEC (the Birds Directive) and Council Directive 92/43/EEC (the Habitats Directive), the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007 are the governing legislation for implementation of a number of the procedural requirements contained in the Directives. The Regulations apply to the “offshore area” outside UK territorial waters, i.e. the area greater than 12 nautical miles from the landward baseline of the territorial sea, and are commonly referred to as the Defra Offshore Habitats Regulations.

The Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007 include provisions for the designation and protection of areas that host important habitats and species in the offshore marine area. Once designated, these sites are called Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), for the protection of certain habitats and marine species; and Special Protection Areas (SPAs), for the protection of certain wild bird species. The Regulations also implement assessment obligations for marine industry activities other than offshore oil and gas; introduce a licensing system for any marine activities that could kill, injure or disturb protected species; and create a number of offences that aim to prevent environmentally damaging activities. The Regulations were amended in 2009, 2010 and 2012 by:

  • The Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 which amended the terms of offences relating to disturbance, applying the provisions to animals of a species for which a site has been designated as a SAC or listed as a Site of Community Importance (SCI), while the animals are within that site; and to animals of a European Protected Species (EPS) whether or not they are in a protected site. The amendment also included provisions relating to the publication of guidance as to the application of the offences, requiring the court to take account of any such guidance in proceedings; and included provisions relating to defences to the offences as they relate to EPS by providing that they do not apply if the prosecution shows that there was a satisfactory alternative to the action, or that it was detrimental to the maintenance of the population of the species concerned at a favourable conservation status in their natural range. Greater detail is also set out for surveillance arrangements and to clarify the duty to take action in the light of that surveillance.

  • The Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 which extended the provisions relating to EPS to make it an offence to deliberately disturb the animals in such a way as to be likely to impair their ability to survive, breed, or rear or nurture their young, or in the case of animals of a hibernating or migratory species, to hibernate or migrate; or to significantly affect the local distribution or abundance of that species. The amendment also included provisions for Scottish Ministers to carry out certain functions in the Scottish offshore region (which were previously functions of the Secretary of State).

  • The Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 which included new provisions requiring competent authorities to take steps to preserve and re-establish a sufficient diversity and area of habitat for wild birds and also impose a duty upon them to use all reasonable endeavours to avoid pollution or deterioration of wild bird habitat. The amendment also included provisions for research and scientific work in relation to the Birds Directive; measures to strengthen the execution of management schemes; changes in relation to the classification of SPAs by Scottish Ministers; clarification of specific regulations in relation to devolved administrations; and a new provision for the Secretary of State to review and report on the operation and effectiveness of the 2007 Regulations

The most important provisions of the regulations in relation to environmental submissions to the Department are contained in Part 5, which provides powers to issue licences for specific activities that could result in the disturbance of EPS (EPS or disturbance licences).

Regulations

Guidance

Other Useful Information

  • Relevant general information in relation to environmental sensitivities and conservation issues can be found in the entries for the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 and the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001.
  • Information relating to marine nature conservation and wildlife licensing for internal and territorial waters adjacent to Northern Ireland can be found here
  • Information relating to marine nature conservation and wildlife licensing for internal and territorial waters adjacent to Scotland can be found here and here
  • Information relating to marine nature conservation and wildlife licensing for internal and territorial waters adjacent to Wales can be found here
  • Information relating to marine nature conservation for internal and territorial waters adjacent to Wales can be found here

Applications and determinations

  • Applications for EPS / disturbance licences for activities in waters adjacent to England or in the offshore area adjacent to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are submitted and processed via the UK Energy Portal
  • Applications can be submitted via a standalone application MAT (SA), where the survey is not linked with any other activity requiring a UK Energy Portal application, or via a Subsidiary Application Templates (SAT) if the survey is linked to another activity, e.g. a relevant geological survey application MAT (GS).
  • Interested parties can review records of EPS / disturbance licence applications, and any relevant decisions made under the Defra Offshore Habitats Regulations
  • EPS / disturbance licensing for activities in internal or territorial waters adjacent to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is the responsibility of the relevant devolved administration, and potential applicants should contact the relevant licensing body.

Reporting requirements

EPS / disturbance licences are currently only required for acoustic surveys where the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) or another Statutory Nature Conservation Body has advised that the applicant for a consent for a geological survey must also obtain an EPS / disturbance licence. Under such circumstances, the reporting requirements detailed in the survey consent are sufficient to additionally cover the EPS / disturbance licence requirements, and there are no additional reporting requirements.

Project reports

Habitats Regulations Assessments undertaken by the Department for acoustic geological surveys are detailed in the entry for the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001, and the assessments relating to EPS will include disturbance assessments.

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e mail at emt@beis.gov.uk or (01224) 254079 / 254040 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager

The Marine Strategy Regulations 2010

Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and Council establishes a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy, and is commonly known as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The Directive was adopted in June 2008, with the aim of protecting the marine environment across Europe, and it is the environmental component of Europe’s Integrated Maritime Policy.

The Directive sets a target of “Good Environmental Status” which must be achieved in EU marine waters by 2020. Following the first cycle of management which ends in 2020, new programmes of measures will be set on a six-yearly basis. The Commission has produced a set of detailed criteria and methodological standards to help Member States implement the Marine Directive, which were revised in 2017 and led to the Commission Decision on Good Environmental Status (GES). Annex II of the Directive was also amended in 2017 to better link ecosystem components, anthropogenic pressures and impacts on the marine environment with the MSFD’s 11 ‘Descriptors’ and with the new Decision on Good Environmental Status (GES).

The Marine Strategy Regulations 2010 transposed the requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC into UK law in July 2010. The regulations established a high-level legal framework to ensure that the obligations which the Directive places on the UK are assigned to a competent authority, and that those competent authorities are given the necessary powers to implement measures to achieve or maintain good environmental status in the marine environment by 2020. The Regulations did not set out exactly how this would be achieved and much of the detail about how the UK will implement the Directive have been developed since the regulations came into force. The statutory instrument includes provisions covering the following key issues:

  • the geographical scope of the legislation - the area over which the UK Marine Strategy will apply;
  • the bodies that will be responsible for implementing the Directive in different parts of the UK’s marine waters (i.e. which bodies will act as competent authorities for the Directive) and puts duties on those bodies to deliver each of the Directive’s requirements to the required timetable;
  • appropriate provisions to ensure that the UK Government and each of the Devolved Administrations work together effectively to implement the Directive in a consistent and co-ordinated way across the UK;
  • appropriate provisions to ensure that all public authorities which take decisions or carry out activities affecting the marine environment will be required to play an appropriate role in ensuring that the requirements of this Directive are delivered; and
  • provisions to ensure that interested parties and members of the public are consulted at all key stages in the implementation of the Directive.

Regulations

Guidance

  • European Commission guidance on the MSFD can be found here
  • Defra marine environment policy document, which includes Appendix 2, Implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, can be found here

Reporting requirements

The UK target for Good Environmental Status (GES) for impulsive noise (Descriptor 11) is being facilitated through the establishment of a Marine Noise Registry (MNR). The Registry has been developed by Defra and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), in conjunction with other Government Departments and the Devolved Administrations (DAs), and records human activities in UK seas that produce loud, low to medium frequency (10Hz – 10kHz) impulsive noise. The MNR forms part of the UK’s programme of measures which is set out in Part 3 of its Marine Strategy.

Underwater noise from human activities can affect marine organisms, from invertebrates to fish to marine mammals, in a variety of ways, from initiating avoidance, to masking sounds used to communicate and find food, to physical injury and even to mortality. Understanding when and where noisy activities take place will therefore help to define a baseline level for impulsive noise in UK waters and will inform research on the impacts of noise, particularly on vulnerable species like cetaceans.

Human activities covered by the MNR include impact pile driving, geophysical surveys (seismic, sub bottom profiling and multi-beam echo-sounders), military sonar, some acoustic deterrent devices and explosive use. Data is collected on the proposed location and date of relevant activities during the planning stages, and on the final location and date after the activity has been completed. The MNR also collects, where available, sound source data including maximum hammer energy maximum airgun volume, equipment frequency, sound pressure levels, sound exposure levels and explosive TNT equivalents.

Where possible, data is extracted from current consenting processes, or is separately provided by developers using a simple online form. Provision of the data is mandatory in some cases and voluntary in others, depending on the type of activity and whether there are any relevant consenting procedures. An integrated data capture system is currently being developed to link the UK Energy Portal Environmental Tracking System (PETS) to the MNR, which will enable oil and gas geological survey application and returns data to be automatically populated.

Maps will be produced annually showing the spread of activities in ‘pulse block days’ (the number of days within the specified period when impulsive noise has been generated within individual UK oil and gas licensing blocks). Data in the Registry are also fed into a Europe-wide registry through the Oslo and Paris Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR).

  • The MNR can be found here
  • Further information in relation to the MNR can be found here
  • EU Monitoring Guidance for Underwater Noise in European Seas, prepared by the MSFD Technical Subgroup on Underwater Noise, can be found here
  • MNR output maps can be found here

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e mail at emt@beis.gov.uk or (01224) 254079 / 254040 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager

The Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002 (as amended)

The Offshore Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 29 March 2011, extending certain provisions of the Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002.

The Offshore Chemical Regulations 2002 were introduced to apply the provisions of a decision made by the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (the OSPAR Convention) to implement a harmonised mandatory control system for the use and discharge of chemicals by the offshore oil and gas industry. Under the regulations offshore operators must apply for permits for the use and/or discharge of chemicals in the course of all offshore oil and gas activities, including oil and gas production operations, well drilling, discharges from pipelines, and discharges during decommissioning activities.

The Offshore Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations 2011 further extend the provisions of the regulations to allow the department to take enforcement action in the event of any unintentional offshore chemical release. They also:

  • extend DECC’s information-gathering powers so information can be obtained from a wider range of persons and in relation to a wider range of incidents
  • simplify the permitting process for varying permits or transferring them to other operators
  • more closely align the regulations with the Offshore Petroleum (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations (as amended)

Regulations

Guidance

Application forms

Use the following applications to apply for a chemical permit under the offshore chemical regulations:

Reporting requirements

The standard chemical permit reporting forms can be accessed at the UK Oil Portal.

Additional reporting forms:

OSPAR annual reporting on the phase-out of hazardous substances.

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e-mail at emt@beis.gov.uk or (01224) 254145 / 254102 / 254145 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager

The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 (as amended)

All oil discharges from offshore oil and gas installations are carefully controlled to minimise contamination of the marine environment and the living resources it supports. The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 (OPPC regulations) prohibit the discharge of oil to sea other than in accordance with the terms and conditions of a permit. Operators of offshore installations must identify all planned oil discharges to relevant waters and apply for the appropriate OPPC permits.

The Energy Act 2008 (Consequential Modifications) (Offshore Environmental Protection) Order 2010 (PDF, 78.06KB) extends the provisions of the regulations to offshore gas unloading and storage operations and offshore carbon dioxide storage operations. This extension is, however, subject to geographical limitations to reflect the different devolution settlements relating to these offshore activities.

The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 introduced a number of changes to the regulations.

This includes a new definition of ‘offshore installation’ to encompass all pipelines, some of which were not previously covered by the OPPC regulations. The amending regulations also introduce the concept of ‘release’ to cover all unintentional oil emissions that occur through accidental spills/leaks or non-operational discharges. Intentional emissions are now clarified as discharges. However, given the OPPC regulations already cover oil spills and leaks, the concept of ‘release’ is incorporated by amendment of the regulations solely to conform with the Offshore Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations 2011.

In addition, the amending OPPC regulations 2011:

Guidance and reporting requirements

The Dispersed Oil in Produced Water Trading Scheme

The Dispersed Oil in Produced Water Trading Scheme was cancelled following consultation and then approval from the Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Visit the National Archives website for background information on the scheme.

For further information please contact:
Email: offshore.inspectorate@beis.gov.uk
Telephone: 01224 254054/254033

The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013

The Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013 (“the Offshore (PPC) Regulations 2013”) came in to force on 19 May 2013.

The Offshore (PPC) Regulations 2013 transpose the relevant provisions of the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (“the IED”) in respect to specific atmospheric pollutants from combustion installations (with a thermal capacity rating ≥ 50 MW) on offshore platforms undertaking activities involving oil and gas production and gas and carbon dioxide unloading and storage. In this context, the obligations of the Offshore (PPC) Regulations 2013 on the offshore oil and gas industry basically mirror those of the Offshore Combustion Installations (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Regulations 2001 (as amended).

The Explanatory Memorandum fully describes the scope and other aspects associated with the Offshore (PPC) Regulations 2013. The Offshore (PPC) Regulations 2013 apply to those offshore combustion installations where a permit for their use is applied for and granted after 19 May 2013 - please note important points under the ‘Guidance’ heading below. As required by the IED, the existing 2001 Regulations (as amended) will continue to apply to offshore combustion installations which already have a permit before the Offshore (PPC) Regulations 2013 came into force or where a permit was applied for before the 19 May 2013 and it was subsequently granted. Subject to transitional provisions, the existing 2001 Regulations (as amended) will cease to apply after 07 January 2014.

Regulations

Guidance

OPRED (BEIS) will be revising the Guidance Notes to the 2001 Regulations (as amended) and the guidance / forms pertaining to ‘PPC permit applications and reporting requirements’ in order to reflect the obligations of the Offshore (PPC) Regulations 2013. The offshore industry will be consulted - by the end of July / early August 2013 - on drafts of the revised documentation before updated versions are formally published. If, prior to the revised documentation being made available, any Operators need to apply for a new permit under the Offshore (PPC) Regulations 2013 then they should use the existing application form. See links below to the extant Guidance Notes, the present guidance / forms for permit applications and reporting requirements, and other related information.

Graphics and diagrams

The following graphics and diagrams are referred to in the guidance document:

IPPC flowchart

Combustion graphs
Vendor turbine graphics

Project reports

Application form

Reporting requirements

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e-mail at emt@decc.gsi.gov.uk or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager.

Environmental Inspection Plans 2014 onwards

PPC Inspection Letters Issued

Please contact the Offshore Inspectorate should you have any queries relating to these letters, or wish more information.

The Greenhouse Gases Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

Guidance for EU-ETS Emissions Phase III

Applications must be submitted for all qualifying installations undertaking specified activities that emit specified greenhouse gases, as detailed in schedule 1 of the ETS regulations. For the purpose of these regulations, an installation comprises any ‘stationary technical unit’ where one or more schedule 1 activities, and any ‘directly associated activities’, are carried out.

The third link above shows indicative allocations to each UK installation with the factor taken into account. We are providing this list now to enable operators to assess the impact of the factor. The list is provisional and does not represent the confirmed free allocation to installations. Further work is required to check and finalize allocations, including to take account of adjustments arising from capacity changes since 2011 and changes to carbon leakage status, and to transfer the data into the Registry. This process, including final clearance by the European Commission, is expected to take around two months. We anticipate moving allowances into operators’ registry accounts around November 2013

EU Emissions Trading Scheme phase III

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012 (2012 Regulations) require that operators must notify the regulator of changes in activity levels which occurred during the year. Where you have not had any changes in activity level, you are required to submit a NIL return

You must complete and submit the OPRED (BEIS) Change in Activity Notification form before 00:00 on 31 December 2013 completing separate notifications for each EU-ETS Permit held. Please note this deadline is stipulated in the Regulations and failure to Notify the Department and submit the relevant NE&C Change of Activity form (if relevant) by the 31 December could be regarded as a non-compliance.

The Notification Form asks you to identify whether the Installation has had a capacity reduction as per Schedule 6 (6), full cessation of activity as per Schedule 6 (7) or a partial cessation of activity as per Schedule 6 (8) of the 2012 Regulations, during the year. If the answer is ‘No’ simply complete the form and return to emt@beis.gov.uk If the answer to any of those questions is ‘Yes’ you must then consider if this could have an impact on the NIMs allocation of allowances for a qualifying sub-installation. If the answer is ‘No’ simply complete the form and return to emt@beis.gov.uk.

If the answer is ‘Yes’ and the change of activity could have an impact on the NIMs allocation of allowances for a qualifying sub-installation, you will also need to complete the EU Commission New Entrants & Closures (Change of Activity) form for recording and amending the amounts allocated for free in case of significant capacity reductions, cessations and partial cessations of installations. The form is available at https://www.gov.uk/oil-and-gas-offshore-environmental-legislation#the-greenhouse-gases-emissions-trading-scheme-ets

Please complete and return the DECC-OGED Change of Activity Notification form and the NE&C form if relevant to EMT by e-mail at the address above before 00:00 (UK Time) on 31 December 2013.

The UK Regulators have determined that allowances will be held in reserve until the notification form is received. Please note, notification of significant capacity reductions should be accompanied by a verification statement.

This following document outlines the appeals process under the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/3038), and applies to any appeals made which relate to the 2013 reporting year onwards.

EU ETS non-compliance

The EU ETS Directive requires Member States to put in place a system of penalties which is effective, proportionate and dissuasive but the nature of the penalties is largely left to Member State discretion (with the exception of the penalty for failure to surrender sufficient allowances in certain circumstances).

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System Regulations 2012 set out the civil penalties to which a person is liable if they do not comply with the EU ETS. DECC has produced the guidance below for the offshore oil and gas industry detailing the Department’s approach to enforcement and sanctions.

EU Emissions Trading System – DECC Civil Sanctions Guidance to Industry (PDF, 152KB, 10 pages)

EU_ETS_Civil_Penalties_details_ (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 11.6KB)

The EU Commission form

The reporting form for (New Entrant Reserve applications) significant capacity reductions, cessations and partial cessations has been designed by the EU Commission for ALL operations and therefore there are a number of pages that are irrelevant for the offshore industry. Please do NOT try to modify this form.

There is a significant amount of guidance within the form and you are advised to carefully read and follow the relevant instructions within Tab B: ‘Guidelines and conditions’, and within the subsequent pages. As you complete the form (yellow boxes) information will be auto-populated into other relevant sections. The form will also automatically calculate allowances (green boxes) eg in the Partial Cessation section. You are specifically advised NOT to ‘cut and paste’ information as this will lead to unintended modifications within formulae. If you experience any issues with the form please contact EMT.

When the department receives your completed form, you will receive an acknowledgement. The information provided will be assessed and we will inform you of any anticipated changes to your allowances. All forms received will be collated and forwarded to the Commission for the final determination of allowances.

Even if you are not required to complete the EU Commission form at this time, operators are advised to familiarise themselves with this form, as this will be relevant for all operators in the future.

If you have any comments or queries please contact the EMT.

Annual Emissions Report

Further to our advice of the use of the ETS7 form for the submission of annual emission reports for 2013, regretfully we have identified that this form does not fully conform to Phase III requirements. Therefore operators should make their annual emissions report on the Commission templates; Template No. 4 Annual Emissions Report of stationery source Installations (See under sub-section Monitoring and Reporting Regulation (MRR) Guidance and Templates).

Verifiers should complete their Verified Opinion Statements on the following complimentary Commission template; Verification report template (See under sub-section Monitoring and Reporting Regulation (MRR) Guidance and Templates).

It is imperative that Annual reports for 2013 are provided and verified within these two templates by 31 March 2014.

Do not amend any of the formatting of the Commission Forms. This will aid in the migration of your data to the ETSWAP system later this year.

The Department is now advising that the Recommended (or Annual ) Improvement Report, whichever is appropriate, should be made on the Commission template: Template No 7: Improvement Report for Stationary Installations.

Link for the Template See under sub-section ‘Monitoring and Reporting Regulation (MRR) Guidance and Templates’.

It is imperative that Annual or Recommended Improvement Reports are submitted to the Department no later than 30 June 2014.

Please do not amend any of the formatting of the Commission Form. This will aid in the migration of your data to the ETSWAP system later this year. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact emt@beis.gov.uk

For further information please contact: Email: emt@beis.gov.uk

Supplementary material from the seminar held at Carmelite Hotel in Aberdeen on 26 May 2010.

EU ETS phase II

Installations starting new entrant activities after 31 December 2007 and before 1 January 2013 can apply to the Phase II NER. All applications will require independent verification, including those from Later Phase I New Entrants, where the input data used in the benchmarking spreadsheet has changed from that used in the Phase I NER application. Further guidance is available on the DECC website.

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme 2014

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations (ESOS) 2014 has been introduced to implement Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU. ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme applicable to the offshore oil and gas industry sector.

The scheme requires an audit to be undertaken once every four years to identify cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Compliance for the first four-year period (Phase 1) is due by 5th December 2015 and should be notified using the online notification system.

Regulations

Guidance

DECC-OGED guidance is specific for the offshore oil and gas industry sector and should a scheme participant require guidance for onshore industries please refer to the Environment Agency’s guidance.

Reporting Requirements

The online notification system is currently available for scheme participants to notify completion of the required audit. It is the scheme participant’s responsibility to ensure compliance with the ESOS Regulations and to submit your notification by the required deadline. Please see Appendix A of the DECC-OGED guidance for information relating to completing the notification form.

Late notification submissions for Phase I compliance

If scheme participants are unable to meet the Phase I compliance deadline of 5th December 2015, this should be recorded in advance of the deadline using the online form, explaining why the compliance deadline will be missed and when you expect to be compliant. Participants should also hold a record of the action taken to date to achieve compliance, including details of the appointment of a lead assessor, a copy of the late notification submission as they may be requested to provide the evidence pack to confirm that they are working towards compliance.

Scheme participants that qualify who do not notify a delay in compliance by 5th December 2015 will be in breach of the ESOS Regulations and will risk enforcement action. However, enforcement action is unlikely to be taken for Phase I non-compliance provided a notification confirming the non-compliance is submitted by 5 December 2015 and the full notification of compliance is received by 29 January 2016. For organisations committing to achieving compliance through ISO 50001 certification, enforcement action is unlikely to be taken as long as the notification of compliance is received by 30 June 2016.

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e-mail at emt@beis.gov.uk or (01224) 254145 / 254102 / 254050 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager.

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

Marine Licensing

The introduction of the Marine and Coastal Access Act (MCAA) 2009 has introduced a marine licensing system. The licensable activities include the deposit and removal of materials, the disturbance of the seabed, and the use of explosives. BEIS is the licensing authority for reserved offshore energy related activities.

The vast majority of offshore energy activities relating to oil and gas exploration and production, gas unloading and storage, and carbon dioxide storage operations are controlled under the Petroleum Act 1998 (as amended) or the Energy Act 2008, and are specifically excluded from the marine licensing provisions under Part 4, section 77 of the MCAA. Therefore, operations that can be controlled under the Petroleum Act 1998 or the Energy Act 2008; or are exempted under the Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) Order 2011 (as amended), do not require a MCAA licence. The activities that are not excluded and require a MCAA licence are mainly related to decommissioning operations.

Guidance in relation to those offshore energy activities that are covered by the MCAA marine licensing regime is currently being developed. In the interim, please contact the Environmental Management Team (emt@beis.gov.uk) if you have any questions.

Application form

  • Application for a Marine Licence - handled by the UK Oil Portal

Reporting Requirements

  • Authorised return forms are currently under preparation and will be added to the EEMS reporting system accessed via the UK Oil Portal

Marine Planning

In addition to the licensing system for the carrying out of activities in the marine environment, the MCAA also introduced a new system of marine management, comprising the UK Marine Policy Statement and the production of marine plans. Marine planning is currently being developed via regional marine plans in England, whilst the Devolved Administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are currently developing national marine plans. Scotland’s National Marine Plan will also be supplemented by eleven regional plans. Further information on marine planning, including links to relevant UK and national documents and guidance on how the plans should be addressed in environmental applications, can be found here:

Regulations

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e-mail at emt@beis.gov.uk or your assigned Environmental Manager.

The Food and Environment Protection Act 1985, Part II Deposits in the Sea

The Food and Environmental Protection Act (FEPA), Part II Deposits in the Sea, used to cover the discharge or placement of substances or articles in the sea or on the seabed where the deposits could not be covered by other legislation. Following the introduction of the licensing provisions of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, on 6 April 2011, it was dis-applied in English and Welsh waters and offshore waters adjacent to Scotland. However, FEPA Part II still applies in Scottish territorial waters, between the 3 NM Scottish controlled waters limit and the 12 NM Scottish territorial sea limit, where OPRED (BEIS) will remain the licensing authority. For activities within Scottish controlled waters, the Scottish Government is the licensing authority and the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 is the relevant controlling legislation.

The vast majority of offshore energy activities relating to oil and gas exploration and production, gas unloading and storage, and carbon dioxide storage operations are controlled under the Petroleum Act 1998 (as amended) or the Energy Act 2008, and are specifically excluded from the marine licensing provisions of both the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA) and the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 (MSA). Information in relation to exceptions where it may be necessary to obtain a FEPA Part II licence will be included in the MCAA guidance.

Regulations

Application form

  • Application for a FEPA Licence can be made using the Marine Licence application - handled by the UK Oil Portal

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e-mail at emt@beis.gov.uk or (01224) 254145 / 254102 / 254145 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) assumed responsibility for administration of Section 34 of The Coast Protection Act 1949 (CPA) in relation to offshore oil and gas operations on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) in October 2005. As of April 2011, the Consent to Locate (CtL) provisions of Section 34 of the CPA were incorporated into The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA). The MCAA provided a regulatory framework for a new marine licensing regime that included consideration of works detrimental to navigation. Although the MCAA licensing regime applies to a number of offshore oil and gas operations, including the disturbance of the seabed and the deposit and removal of substances or articles during the course of decommissioning operations, Section 77 of the MCAA excludes the vast majority of offshore oil and gas operations and carbon dioxide storage operations controlled under The Petroleum Act 1998 (PA) or The Energy Act 2008 (EA). To maintain the CtL provisions for these excluded operations, Section 314 of the MCAA created a new Part 4A of the EA, transferring the provisions of Section 34 of the CPA to the EA and transferring regulatory competence from DfT to OPRED (BEIS).

The issue of a CtL to an individual or organisation by the Secretary of State under Part 4A of the EA allows installation of the proposed offshore structure or operations providing they are undertaken in accordance with the consent conditions. It allows OPRED (BEIS) to insist upon the provision of navigational markings that are considered appropriate for the proposed offshore structure or operations.

Regulations

Consultation

OPRED (BEIS) have revised the procedures that were in place under the CPA, to ensure that the consenting process under Part 4A of the EA reflected the specific requirements of the operations that are covered by the MCAA exclusion. The revision accounted for requirements set out in Part 4A of the EA and the development of offshore practices that were not envisaged when the CPA was drafted. It has also taken into account the views of the bodies consulted on navigational matters prior to issuing Consents to Locate. OPRED (BEIS) has now completed its revision, and the new consenting process was subject to consultation which ended on 30 November 2012.

Guidance

Detailed guidance is in the process of being updated to address comments received through the consultation process. In the interim, please refer to the OPRED (BEIS) response document for further information or contact the Environmental Management Team if you have any questions.

Application forms

  • Consent to Locate Application Form - handled by the UK Oil Portal

Reporting requirements

Useful documents

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e-mail at emt@decc.gsi.gov.uk or (01224) 254079 / 254102 / 254145 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager.

The Energy Act 2008 (Consequential Modifications) (Offshore Environmental Protection) Order 2010

The Energy Act 2008 makes provision under Part 1, Chapter 2 for the regulation of gas importation and storage through a licensing and enforcement regime for combustible gas. The Offshore Gas Storage and Unloading (Licensing) Regulations 2009, made under Part 1 of the Energy Act 2008, came into force on the 13 November 2009.

The Energy Act 2008 also makes provision under Part 1, Chapter 3 for the regulation of the storage of carbon dioxide (with a view to its permanent disposal or as an interim measure prior to its permanent disposal), through a licensing and enforcement regime. The Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc.) Regulations 2010, made under Part 1 of the Energy Act 2008, came into force on the 01 October 2010.

Following enactment of the Energy Act 2008 (Consequential Modifications) (Offshore Environmental Protection) Order 2010, which came into force on 01 July 2010 the provisions of the following regulations now also apply to gas unloading and storage, and carbon dioxide storage as they do to oil and gas activities. This extension is, however, subject to geographical limitations to reflect the different devolution settlements relating to offshore activities.

For further information please contact the Environmental Management Team by e-mail at emt@beis.gov.uk or (01224) 254079 / 254102 / 254145 or please contact your assigned Environmental Manager.

  • The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (as amended)
  • The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 (as amended)
  • The Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, & c.) Regulations 2007 (as amended)
  • The Offshore Combustion Installations (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Regulations 2001 (as amended)
  • The Offshore Installations (Emergency Pollution Control) Regulations 2002 (as amended)
  • The Offshore Chemical Regulations 2002 (as amended)
  • The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2005 (as amended)
  • The Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 (as amended)
  • The REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008 (as amended)
  • The Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009 (as amended)

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The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2015

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2015 came into force on 22nd July 2015, and introduced new fees for functions relating to:

  • the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015;
  • the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998;
  • the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999;
  • the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001;
  • regulation 49 of the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations 2007;
  • marine licences determined by DECC under section 71 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009; and
  • the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015.

The Regulations can be found at:

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2015

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016 came into force on 1st June 2016 and amended The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2015 and amended the fee charging provisions of the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 and the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001. The new Regulations introduced amended fees for functions relating to:

  • the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998;
  • the Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999;
  • the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001;
  • regulation 49 of the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations 2007; and
  • the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015.

The Regulations can be found at:

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016

To coincide with these amended fee arrangements, the Department revised the existing charging schemes for the Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002, the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005, the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012 and the Offshore Combustion Installations (Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2013, to align the charges relating to those schemes with the amended charges detailed in the new Regulations.

Note: The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading charging scheme and the Offshore Combustion Installations charging scheme are being transferred to the entry detailed in Paragraph 7 below.

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No.2) Regulations 2016

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2016 came into force on 1st December 2016 and amended the Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2015 and amended the fee charging provisions of the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001 and related provisions of the Energy Act 2008 (Consequential Modifications) (Offshore Environmental Protection) Order 2010.

The new Regulations introduced new / amended fees for functions relating to:

  • part 4A of the Energy Act 2008 (consents to locate);
  • part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 ( marine licensing); and
  • the Offshore Petroleum Activities ( Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001

The Regulations can be found at:

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017

The Pollution Prevention and Control ( Fees) ( Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017 amend the Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) ( Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2015, the Offshore Chemical Regulations 2002, the Offshore Petroleum Activities ( Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 and the Offshore Petroleum Licensing ( Offshore Safety Directive) Regulations 2015.

The new Regulations come into force on 6th April 2017, and introduce amended/new fee provisions for functions relating to:

  • various EU Fluorinated Gas Regulations;
  • the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014;
  • the Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002;
  • the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005; and
  • the Offshore Petroleum Licensing (Offshore Safety Directive) Regulations 2015.

The charging schemes for the Offshore Chemical Regulations 2002 and the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations 2005 have also been updated.

The new regulations can be found at:

Guidance relating to all charging provisions can be obtained at:

The latest versions of relevant charging schemes can be found at:

Published 22 January 2013
Last updated 16 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Addition of The Marine Strategy Regulations 2010
  2. Update to EU-ETS Civil Penalties Details spreadsheet
  3. Updated Substitute Reporting Guidance and Spreadsheets for 2017
  4. The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (as amended) section of the webpage updated and revised EIA Guidance - September 2017 uploaded 07/09/2017
  5. The Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipelines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999 (as amended) section of the webpage updated and revised EIA Guidance - September 2017 uploaded
  6. EU ETS Civil Penalties Issued - (added)
  7. Oil and Gas: Updated documents and added The Pollution Prevention for 2016
  8. Offshore Combustion Installations Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2013 - Charging Scheme for the period 01/04/2015 to 21/07/2015 - (added)
  9. OSPAR annual reporting on the phase-out of hazardous substances - (updated)
  10. The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 - (updated)
  11. PPC Inspection Letters Issued - (updated)
  12. EU Emissions Trading System – DECC Civil Sanctions Guidance to Industry - (added)
  13. The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System Regulations 2012 - (added)
  14. PPC Inspection Letters Issued - (updated)
  15. The Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2015 - (added)
  16. EU Emissions Trading System – Appeals Guidance - (added)
  17. Oil and Gas: Updated the PPC Inspection letters document for June
  18. Oil and Gas: Environmental Legislation - Technical justification spreadsheet - (updated) and FAQ - (added)
  19. Oil and gas: Environmental legislation - PPC Inspection Letters Issued - (updated)
  20. Oil and gas:ESOS Guidance notes for the offshore oil and gas industry - (added)
  21. Oil and gas: Environmental Inspection Plan 2015 - (added)
  22. Oil and gas: Guidance on the Notification of Temporary Equipment used offshore - (updated)
  23. Oil and Gas: Recording and Analysis of Underwater Pile Driving: Installation of a Drilling and Production Jacket at Clair Ridge - (added)
  24. Oil and gas: ETSWAP industry user guidance - (added)
  25. Oil and gas: PPC Inspection Letters - (added)
  26. Oil and gas: Guidance for completing the Commission GHG Change of Activity Form Partial Cessation - (updated)
  27. Oil and Gas: Update of OSPAR reporting documents and addition of technical justification spreadsheet
  28. Oil and Gas: Added OGED notification spreadsheet and removed DECC-OGED Change Form
  29. Oil and gas: Environmental Inspection Plan 2014 - (added)
  30. Oil and gas: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme 2014 guidance - (added)
  31. Oil and gas: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme 2014 details - (added)
  32. Oila nd gas: Guidance on Consent to Locate Application Types - (added)
  33. Oil and gas: OPPC guidance notes for industry - (updated)
  34. Oil ans gas; OPPC PETS FAQ - (updated)
  35. Oil and gas: OPPC frequently asked questions - (added)
  36. Oil and gas:ETS7 - removed
  37. Oil and gas: OSPAR annual reporting updated
  38. Oil and gas: Moray Firth study final report - (added)
  39. The Energy Act 2008, Part 4A Consent to Locate Reporting requirements updated
  40. The Offshore Combustion Installations (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Regulations 2013 - added
  41. First published.