Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Reducing energy use is one of the simplest ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your business and help reduce the effects of climate change.
All businesses can reduce their energy use, benefiting the environment and their bottom line. Saving energy can also have other benefits, including boosting employees' morale and an improved business reputation.
There are many changes your business can make to cut carbon emissions from energy use.
The changes you make can be as small as turning electrical equipment off overnight or changing your light bulbs to energy-efficient ones. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimates that traditional light bulbs waste 95 per cent of the energy they use as heat. Energy-efficient bulbs are up to 80 per cent more efficient than traditional bulbs and each bulb could save you up to £40 over its lifetime. As part of the effort to reduce emissions, all inefficient light bulbs were phased out in September 2012.
You may want to consider larger measures where the financial benefits are more long term, such as investing in new energy-saving plant or machinery.
You may also be eligible for tax breaks, if you invest in certain energy-saving equipment. See the page in this guideline dealing with tax breaks to encourage energy efficiency
Buildings can be a major contributor to carbon emissions, often through inefficient energy use. See the page in this guideline on how to cut carbon emissions from business buildings
For information on reducing energy use in your business, read our guideline: Energy efficiency
Resource Efficient Scotland has produced a series of free, online training modules for SMEs. The training will help develop the skills and knowledge needed to put in place effective resource efficiency measures in your business. They deal with energy, waste and water efficiency. You can work through them at your own speed, choosing the modules that are relevant to your business.
The Eden Project has produced guidance that is intended as an introduction to any business or organisation that is thinking of measuring and reporting its carbon footprint for the first time.
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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