Some of the performance commitments we set in the final determination in December 2019 make reference to Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) version 3, which was released in November 2017. The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales released an updated EPA Methodology in October 2020 and December 2020 respectively (herein autumn 2020), version 8. We have not identified differences in each methodology which result in different impacts on reporting of performance commitments for companies operating in England or Wales.
We propose that references to the EPA methodology in the sewage treatment works compliance and pollution incidents common performance commitments should be read as relating to version 8, as set out in this consultation. We propose that, for ease of reporting, the effective date for the proposed changes should be 1 April 2021, meaning that performance for the full 2021-22 charging year will be based on EPA reporting for the 2021 calendar year. Reported performance for the charging year 2020-21 will remain based on the methodology specified in version 3.
Where to send submissions
We seek views on these proposed changes by 17 February 2020. Please send responses to [email protected], with the subject ‘Response to EPA reference in two common PCs’.
The consultation document contains further information about responding to this consultation.