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NetRegs team at the Balmoral show

The Award winning* NetRegs team will be at the Balmoral Show from 16-19 May. Come and speak to the NetRegs staff, we can let you know all about the services we provide on behalf of the NIEA and SEPA. We can also tell you about our plans for the future development of the site.

We will be on a stand with staff from the NIEA so any queries you might have about regulation or good practice can be answered.

See you there


*ENDS Awards 2017 Environmental Impact Award

DAERA secures derogation in three-crop rule for Northern Ireland



The severe weather and near constant rainfall in winter and spring this year has left farmers well behind with planting. In many cases they have been unable to plant the range of crops they would normally manage.

This could have meant that they failed to meet the requirements of the Crop Diversification rules, and would have therefore failed to qualify for the Greening payment.

However Phil Hogan, the EU Agriculture Commissioner has just announced his intention to agree a derogation from the requirements for crop diversification for farmers in Northern Ireland in 2018.

If growers are unable to meet all the requirements of Crop Diversification in 2018, because of the severe weather, then they can make decisions as to the best crops to plant to meet their current situation. This will not affect their Greening payment.

An announcement that will take some of the worry away from growers who have been hard hit over the past few months.

A blog from Resource Efficient Scotland, with ideas and practical steps to minimise food waste.

It's not just households that can do a lot to reduce food waste - >> read on

Generating your own renewable energy                          netregs logo                                              

NetRegs guidance

NetRegs has a guidance document that provides an overview of the different renewable energy technologies that are available. The guidance provides information on the benefits of each system, as well as noting any consideration that need to be taken into account.

We provide clear guidance about whether you need to contact your environmental regulator when planning to install any of these systems. We also mention the benefits – from energy security to having stable energy costs and generating income from your renewables.

See our guidance at: https://bit.ly/2rlcq9j


Resource Efficient Scotland 

The Green Network for     Business                RES logo                                                                                                                                    

If you are considering any of these systems then you can make use of the Green Network for Businesses hosted by Resource Efficient Scotland.

This is a tool that allows you to learn from businesses in your area about the projects they have implemented. You can search for information on a range of topics including renewable energy systems.

You can filter your search to find :

  • Resource efficiency topics such as transport, water minimisation, heating, waste prevention etc.
  • Business sectors, such as Construction, Food and drink, Retail, Health, Community buildings etc.
  • Technologies and measures such as Biomas, Wind turbines, Solar water heating, CHP, Solar PV, Hydroelectricity etc.

This will provide you with a list of businesses, within the search radius that you choose, who have installed the measures that you are interested in. Each business has a case study describing what, why and how they set about implementing green projects. The tool also gives you the option of contacting the business to arrange a visit. This will allow you to find out the facts about how each measure has benefitted their business from the individuals who have been through the process themselves.                                                                                                                    

Visit the Green Network for Business at: https://bit.ly/2jtfNHV

If interested, you can also search for Green Homes and Green Social Housing


Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency explains 'One Planet Prosperity' and what it means for businesses in Scotland.

Read the blog here: One Planet Prosperity >>>

Read about our week at Scotland Works and our success at the ENDS Awards 2017. Read more here >>>


Follow the link to read our August 2017 blog.


Whats new on NetRegs

  • Waste – Duty of Care Roles and Responsibilities

    The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.



  • EIA (Agriculture) Regulations for Northern Ireland

    Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

    Read more on the DAERA website

  • Guidance from your environmental regulator

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  • 9 NEW GPPs (Guidance for Pollution Prevention) available now

    The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics

  • New guidance

    New guidance for Start-ups, charities and community projects


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