Introduction to Environmental Information Regulations Introduction to Environmental Information Regulations

The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) came into effect in 2004 and aim to encourage access to environmental information and to promote wide and systematic dissemination of environmental information to the public. They ONLY apply to environmental information (for a definition of what 'environmental information' is see our what is environmental information page) - all other requests for information are handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Under the terms of the Regulations, individuals have the right to request any environmental information that is held by the University including all digital and print records and information whether current or archived. There are situations where information is not required to be released, or should not be released due to exemptions. The University is obliged to comply with the Regulations, and all staff have the responsibility to make themselves aware of their obligations under the Regulations.

What does the Environmental Information Regulations mean for the University?

There are two main obligations imposed by the Regulations on the University:

1.      That UEA must proactively organise and disseminate environmental information by electronic means and to take reasonable steps to organise information with a view to its active and systematic dissemination.

2.      That any individual making a request for information is entitled to be informed in writing by the University whether or not the University holds the information, and if it does to have the information communicated to them within the specified time limit of 20 working days.

The University administers and responds to all requests for environmental information in accordance with our approved Environmental Information Regulations Policy which mirrors the requirements of the Code of Practice on the Discharge of the Obligations of Public Authorities under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  

The University provides access to the responses it sends to requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 via the Disclosure Log.

For more specific guidance and advice on what 'environmental information' is, and on compliance with the Environmental Information Regulations in your work please visit our what is environmental information and guidance for staff pages.

For further information on how to make a request for information, or to make a request please visit our requests for information page.