Environmental law

The environmental laws of the Republic of Lithuania preserve fundamental principles of modern environmental protection, preventive actions, source of harm, integration, the pollution taxes and sustainable development. More information about environmental can be found on:

Taxes on State Natural Resources and Pollution

There are several taxes on State Natural Resources and pollution. A smaller fee tariff for the use of tate natural resources is applied to taxpayers when the resources are explored at the taxpayer’s expense. A bigger fee tariff is applied for non-declared smaller amounts of natural resources than really extracted and (or) without permit-extracted amounts of natural resources. Taxpayer tariffs are provided in the Law on Taxes on State Natural Resources and are indexed under the consumer price index of the fiscal year published by the Department of the Statistics under the government of the Republic of Lithuania.
The Law on Pollution Tax establishes that tax objects include emissions, certain products specified by the law, and packages with contents specified by the law. Manufacturers and importers are discharged from taxes on pollution with production and/or packaging waste for the entire volume of the products and/or packaging, provided that they are carrying out product and packaging waste utilisation assignments given by the government, and under the order established by the government or another authorised institution present documents supporting the volume of the production or packaging waste reused, recycled or used for energy generation.

Activity planning

The Law on Environmental Protection establishes the basic engagements of the user of natural resources which are suitable for developing economic activities: to estimate the possible environmental influence of its economic activities at its own expense, to accomplish measures eliminating or reducing negative environmental influence, to compensate for environmental damage caused by unlawful activity, etc.

Waste management

General requirements for waste prevention record keeping, collection, storage, transportation, utilisation and disposal to prevent its negative effects on the environment and human health are established in The Law on Waste Management. The Law on Waste Management provides that the waste holder has to manage waste himself or transfer it to a waste manager. Enterprises, which during the discharge of their economic-commercial activities generate waste, must sort it according to the procedure established by the government or an institution authorised by it.