Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Environmental Topics

Air pollution

Your business can harm the environment by contributing to climate change and damaging land, water and wildlife

Carbon reduction and efficiency

See what your business can save on bills by putting in place some straightforward efficiency measures

Case Studies and Videos

Case studies and videos demonstrating environmental compliance and good practice


Checklists offer businesses a quick way of identifying areas where they might need to take action

Emergency response

All businesses can benefit from having a plan in place to deal with any spills, leaks or other incidents

Environmental management

Includes Environmental Management Systems, climate adaptation and downloadable toolkits for SMEs in Northern Ireland and Scotland.


This section deals with the impacts that businesses can have on land

Materials, fuels and equipment

The equipment, materials and fuels used by businesses can pose a threat to the environment and human health if not managed properly


If you cause a nuisance to neighbours, your local council can require you to take action to prevent the nuisance. Good planning can help prevent problems.

Permits, licences and exemptions

Your business may require a permit, licence, exemmption or other authorisation before you carry out certain activities

Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs) and replacement series

PPGs and GPPs provide guidance on how to minimise the environmental impact that businesses can have

Trade associations & BSOs

Provide valuable information and help to on a range of issues, including environmental performance


Vehicle use can have a significant impact on the local environment as well as contributing to global climate change

Useful links

Some useful links to organisations, websites and online resources


Regulations require from businesses to manage their waste with as little impact on the environment as possible


If you have a permit, licence or authorisation you will have strict limits on what you can discharge from your site

Environmental News Blog

  • My Year at NetRegs, A reflection on my time as an intern with the NetRegs team at SEPA. An overview of all the activities and projects I had the opportunity to participate in during my Bright Green Environmental Placement.

  • A day with Hydrology, SEPA's hydrometry unit is responsible for around 400 gauging stations and 350 rainfall monitoring sites. River gauging stations are important as they allow river levels to be monitored so flood events can be predicted and flood warnings sent out.

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