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Government Confirms that EPCs will still be in Operation Post-Brexit

Em Morley - April 19, 2017
Government Confirms that EPCs will still be in Operation Post-Brexit

Government Confirms that EPCs will still be in Operation Post-Brexit

The Government has confirmed that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and EU energy efficiency laws will still be in operation following Brexit.

Elmhurst Energy, the leading energy performance measurement specialist, has welcomed positive statements in the Department for Exiting the European Union’s white paper document and the Great Repeal Bill.

This publication provides the most significant statement from the Government to date on whether EPCs and other EU energy efficiency laws will still be in place post-Brexit.

The bill will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and allow all the legislation that currently refers to it to be transferred to UK law, with the minimum gaps and disconnects that would otherwise be created when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

Elmhurst has long been confident that EPCs will remain following the UK’s departure from the EU.

The Managing Director of the firm, Martyn Reed, says: “The good news for everyone concerned with climate change and energy efficiency is the paragraph that appeared in the Department for Exiting the European Union’s publication, Legislation for the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union, which commits the Government to ensuring that we become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.

“The publication says that the UK’s current legislative framework at national, EU and international level has delivered tangible environmental benefits and the Great Repeal Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law.”

Elmhurst is delighted to hear: “The whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law.”

Landlords are reminded that EPCs are required for all properties that are built, sold and let. Your responsibilities and how to comply with them can be found here: https://www.justlandlords.co.uk/news/landlords-guide-energy-performance-certificates/

As the law surrounding EPCs is here to stay, it’s vital that you stick to your obligations.