The Renewables Content Obligation Bill aims to make provision for the establishment of minimum levels of recyclates in designated products and classes of product and to establish a scheme for the certification of designated products.

The Bill was introduced to Parliament on 25 February 2009 and is due to have its second reading on 3 July 2009.

A copy of the Bill was published on 6 May 2009 and can be viewed by clicking here.

Renewables content obligation

The Bill states that the Secretary of State may, by an Order, impose on each product manufacturer a renewable content obligation. This is an obligation to produce to the appointed administrator evidence which shows that, during the specified period, the specified amount of renewable content of designated products was manufactured in or imported into England and Wales.

A certificate will be issued to certify that the supplier to whom it is issued has supplied the amount of renewable content in the designated product or has procured the amount of renewable content in an imported product set out in the certificate.

If a person does not wholly discharge his renewable content obligation a penalty may be imposed.