Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

First steps - guidance for new starts, projects and charities

First steps - guidance for new start businesses, projects and charities

Whether you are starting up a new business, running a charity, applying for funding for a community project you should consider environmental issues from the outset.

This will not only reduce the environmental impact of your activities, it will also save you money and future proof your business, organisation or project.

In this guideline:

Resource efficiency: sources of funding

Energy efficiency

Water efficiency

Construction: materials and fittings

Waste and waste minimisation

The circular economy

Preparing for emergencies: flooding and fire

Enhancing biodiversity

Storing and handling materials and fuels

Preventing nuisances

Preventing air pollution

Transport issues

Check if you need an environmental permit or authorisation

Quick Start Resource Efficiency checklist


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