Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
This can significantly reduce your energy bills and can be achieved by:
All are more easily fitted during construction work or during a refurbishment. If you are planning refurbishment or improvements in a listed building, or if you are in a conservation area, certain methods may not be allowed. Check with your local council when you draw up plans.
Most new electrical appliances are now required to have an energy rating - use this to choose A rated or above.
Lights – consider LED lighting and for areas that are not in constant use fit PIR sensors or daylight sensors that automatically switch off lights when no-one is around or when light levels are already high.
Select heating that does not involve fossil fuels if possible .
Consider a combination of the above technologies.
See the section on funding and support at the start of this guideline.
If you are a business then you can use the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme which allows you to offset the cost of energy efficient equipment against tax. The scheme only applies to equipment that has been approved and shown to be low energy.
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Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs.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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