Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Farming is an industry that is very dependent on the weather. Weather can determine when certain activities on the farm take place. Climate change is already altering the patterns of weather we experience with more extreme events becoming more common. The most reliable predictions see these trends continuing.
There are two ways in which you can respond to these changes:
Both strategies offer the opportunity to improve the efficiency of your activities and improve the profitability of your business.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland there are programmes that are investigation how best to reduce resource use while maintaining the quality of the product, and what changes in farming practice will produce the best results now and in the foreseeable future.
The Greenhouse Gas Implementation Partnership (GHGIP) is a group chaired by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) with representatives from the agri-food sector and environmental stakeholders.
The GHGIP has been established with the aim of making sure that local food production is undertaken in the carbon efficient manner possible. Measures to reduce carbon emissions are very often associated with cost reductions and increased profitability.
The GHGIP have published a report which provides information on a range of subjects including:
As a part of the Scottish Government's Climate Change Advisory Activity, the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) has developed information on a range of agricultural topics and has produced accompanying practical guides.
The main topics covered are:
There is a range of practical guides to these topics that can be downloaded from the SRUC website.
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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.
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
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Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs.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
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