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Lithuania

Environmental rules

Updated 11/2010

Legal requirements

Environmental control

The following are the main legal acts regulating the protection of environment:

Territorial planning

The following are the main legal acts regulating territorial planning:

Waste management

The main legal acts regulating waste management are:

Noise protection

The main legal act regulating noise management is the Law on Noise Management. It assigns the competency for noise management to various institutions: e.g. the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Health, etc.

Noise protection is also governed in technical regulations of construction:

The annual National Market Monitoring Report is prepared in accordance with Directive 2000/14/EC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors.

Nuclear safety

The main legal acts regulating nuclear safety are the following:

The following is presented on the website of the State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate:

Environmental monitoring

Environmental monitoring of economic entities is regulated by the following:

Businesses are free to go beyond the minimum environmental legal requirements at their own initiative.

Administrative procedures

Declaratory procedures

Territorial planning

More information about territorial planning procedures is provided on:

Waste management

Waste management companies must register with the Registry of Waste Management Companies.

Manufacturers, importers, foreign individuals and foreign manufacturers supplying oils, transport vehicles, electric and electronic equipment, batteries or accumulators or other taxable goods and/or packages filled with these goods to the domestic market of the Republic of Lithuania must register themselves in

Every year, enterprises must provide the following reports to the corresponding regional environment protection department of the Ministry of Environment:

More information about waste management is provided on:

Chemicals

It is mandatory to register all chemicals if a manufacturer produces or an importer imports more than 1 ton of a chemical per year in accordance with the procedure provided for in Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.

Information about chemicals:

Manufacturers, importers, downstream users, distributors, exporters, consumers of chemical substances and preparations every year must submit data and information to the Environment Protection Agency on chemical substances and preparations produced, imported, supplied to the market, used in industrial, professional or other economic activities and exported. Procedure of data and information submission is specified by

Water

Information about water is provided on:

The owner, manager or operator of the pond hydraulic engineering structure (excess water culvert) must prepare the Rules on the pond use and maintenance and submit for approval to the Environmental Protection Agency. Preparation of these rules is regulated by

Climate and air

Those carrying out activities must prepare greenhouse gas emission record reports by 31 March of every year, and, after inspection by an independent assessor, submit them to the regional environmental protection department that has issued the TIPK permit along with a certificate of confirmation of suitability.

Information about the regulation of the climate change is provided on:

Information about the regulation of the atmosphere and air is provided on:

Companies must provide the following reports:

Noise protection

Information about noise prevention is provided on:

Nuclear safety

The State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) implements state regulation and control of nuclear safety.

Permits and licences

In order to operate objects of economic activity or to perform economic activities, it is necessary to receive an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Permit.

Waste management

More information about waste management is provided on:

Chemical substances

A person planning to carry out activities with poisonous materials must receive a permit to acquire, sell or otherwise transfer poisonous materials.

Climate and air

Operators engaged in activities involving emissions of greenhouse gases need to obtain a permit to emit greenhouse gases, to acquire tradable pollution permits and open an account with the Greenhouse Gas Registry.

A permit to emit greenhouse gas is an adjusted Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Permit issued by the regional environmental protection departments of the Ministry of Environment.

Noise protection

A list of types of economic and commercial activities for which a permit-hygiene passport is necessary as well as the regulations for the issuance of permits-hygiene passports are provided here:

Nuclear safety

Licences related to nuclear activities are issued by the VATESI; however, the applicant must receive approvals for the issue of a licence from other institutions participating in the process.

Environmental Protection Agency issues

  • authorizations for the discharge of radionuclides into the environment. Issue of permits is regulated by
  • authorizations for the discharge of radionuclides into the environment from nuclear facilities. Issue of permits is regulated by

Inspections

Enforcement of the state control of environmental protection policy is regulated by

Law on Environmental Protection Sate Control.

Regional environmental protection departments must supervise the compliance with all environmental requirements with the exception of chemical substances.

Chemical substances

The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for the supervision of compliance with environmental requirements for chemical substances.

Noise protection

State noise control is performed by:

The Ministry of the Interior performs the noise control in residential buildings, on private property, and in public areas.

Nuclear protection

The State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI), in performing the inspections:

  • Monitors the compliance with requirements of licenses, safety regulations and standards concerning nuclear safety requirements.
  • Performs the state supervision of nuclear substances records and control.

Resources

Lists of standards and legal acts relating to environmental protection:

Programmes

The Lithuanian Environmental Investment Fund (LEIF) aims to support the public and private sectors in implementing environmental projects and projects to reduce the negative impact of economic activities on the environment.

Investment projects are financed through LEIF by providing soft loans and subsidies:

  • Loans are only provided to finance environmental protection projects worth up to 1.5 million litas.
  • The subsidy to one beneficiary may not exceed 600,000 litas over three years, and is limited to 70% of the total amount of the environmental protection investment project.
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