Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Environmental damage

This guide gives an overview of what environmental damage is and how the Environmental Liability Regulations could affect you. It covers what action can be taken if you fail to remove a risk of environmental damage, or actually cause environmental damage.

You should also read the guide to pollution incidents and incident response planning.

Pollution incident response planning


Relevant to all business sectors

Additional resources



Video Case Study: How to Prepare an Emergency Response for Your Business

Environmental News Blog

  • 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.

  • Brewing and Distilling Technical Drop-in Day: Waste, Water, Energy, Brewing and Distilling is booming due to high demand for quality Scottish beers and spirits. All this growth is also leading to a boom in food waste, energy and water use.

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