Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Setting up and running an environmental management system (EMS) can provide significant benefits across a number of areas of your business.
Running an effective EMS will help you with:
Many organisations choose to produce an environmental report to highlight their environmental achievements to interested stakeholders. An EMS can provide a valuable mechanism to produce and collect data for such a report.
For further details about Environmental Reports see the page in this guideline: Environmental reports.
Having an EMS demonstrates that your business has measures in place to prevent pollution and is taking steps to continually improve environmental performance.
To achieve these aims, an effective EMS should involve the following:
Resource Efficient Scotland and WRAP have both produced user-friendly guides outlining the main elements of a good EMS.
They include the key considerations in deciding whether an EMS is right for you and a step-by-step guide on how to develop your own system.
They also provide useful templates to help you complete each stage of the process.
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Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs.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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