Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Unpredictable weather can impact directly on your business, for example by increasing the risk of water shortages or flooding. This can cause significant disruption to your business and make it more difficult to get insurance.
Your business may also be affected by measures imposed by the UK government to help meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. These measures include:
Even if climate change legislation does not affect you, reducing your emissions can bring other benefits, such as lower energy bills and improving the way stakeholders view your business. You may also be able to take advantage of related tax breaks. See the page in this guideline: Tax breaks to encourage energy efficiency. You can begin to reduce your emissions by:
The most effective way of cutting your carbon emissions is likely to be by using a systematic approach to managing emissions reduction - see our guideline: Environmental management systems (EMS) and environmental reports
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Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs.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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