Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs) and replacement series

Note for businesses in England: Those in England seeking guidance on the topics covered by PPGs, please visit to the GOV.UK website instead. PPGs are no longer current government guidance for England.

Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs) are a series of documents developed by the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) for Northern Ireland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for Scotland. Each PPG is targeted at a particular type of business or activity and covers environmental good environmental practice to minimise pollution. The PPGs also make reference to environmental legal obligations, but that information is currently out-of-date and requires updating. 

At the moment, in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, please consider these PPGs as a source of information on good practice only. In England, please check for regulatory information in GOV.UK .

A review plan for the PPGs is currently underway. The review will result in a replacement guidance series, with new branding and title "Guidance for Pollution Prevention" (GPPs). It is aimed that the new series will provide environmental good practice guidance for the whole UK, and environmental regulatory guidance directly to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For businesses in England, regulatory guidance is available from GOV.UK instead.

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.

    https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/waste-duty-care-responsibilities

  • Please let us know your thoughts on our new website

    What do you think about our new and improved website. We want your feedback on what you like, what you don’t like and ways we can continue to improve the website. Follow the link to complete the very short survey: NetRegs website – User feedback

  • NEW guidance on Environmental Management Systems

    We have recently updated and improved our guidance on Environmental Management Systems (EMS). You can find the guidance via the Environmental Topics tab or alternatively select the following link Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

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    See NI Future legislation or Scotland Future legislation for details of the Consultation

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    NetRegs has carried out a survey of environmental awareness among SMEs. There are separate reports for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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    NIEA: Guidance on the Regulation of Greenfield Excavated Materials in Construction and Development

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    SEPA is asking for your views on the proposals for integrated authorisations.

    Consultation documents

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    Read more on the DAERA website

  • Download our NEW leaflet today: Duty of Care for waste

    NetRegs have produced a new leaflet for Scottish businesses explaining what you must do to comply with YOUR duty of care for waste.

    Duty of Care for waste (Scotland) leaflet (PDF - 775KB)

     

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