Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Environmental Topics

Air pollution

Your business can harm the environment by contributing to climate change and damaging land, water and wildlife

Carbon reduction and efficiency

See what your business can save on bills by putting in place some straightforward efficiency measures

Case Studies and Videos

Case studies and videos demonstrating environmental compliance and good practice


Checklists offer businesses a quick way of identifying areas where they might need to take action

Emergency response

All businesses can benefit from having a plan in place to deal with any spills, leaks or other incidents

Environmental management

Includes Environmental Management Systems, climate adaptation and downloadable toolkits for SMEs in Northern Ireland and Scotland.


This section deals with the impacts that businesses can have on land

Materials, fuels and equipment

The equipment, materials and fuels used by businesses can pose a threat to the environment and human health if not managed properly


If you cause a nuisance to neighbours, your local council can require you to take action to prevent the nuisance. Good planning can help prevent problems.

Permits, licences and exemptions

Your business may require a permit, licence, exemmption or other authorisation before you carry out certain activities

Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs) and replacement series

PPGs and GPPs provide guidance on how to minimise the environmental impact that businesses can have

Trade associations & BSOs

Provide valuable information and help to on a range of issues, including environmental performance


Vehicle use can have a significant impact on the local environment as well as contributing to global climate change

Useful links

Some useful links to organisations, websites and online resources


Regulations require from businesses to manage their waste with as little impact on the environment as possible


If you have a permit, licence or authorisation you will have strict limits on what you can discharge from your site

Whats new on NetRegs

  • Waste – Duty of Care Roles and Responsibilities

    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.


  • Please let us know your thoughts on our new website

    What do you think about our new and improved website. We want your feedback on what you like, what you don’t like and ways we can continue to improve the website. Follow the link to complete the very short survey: NetRegs website – User feedback

  • NEW guidance on Environmental Management Systems

    We have recently updated and improved our guidance on Environmental Management Systems (EMS). You can find the guidance via the Environmental Topics tab or alternatively select the following link Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

  • Consultation on proposed changes to the packaging recycling business targets

    See NI Future legislation or Scotland Future legislation for details of the Consultation


  • NIEA Guidance - Greenfield Excavated Matrials in Construction

    NIEA and the CEF have developed a Regulatory Position to promote Sustainable re-use of natural excavated material from Greenfield sites.

    NIEA: Guidance on the Regulation of Greenfield Excavated Materials in Construction and Development

  • New GPP 2 Above Ground Oil Storage

    The replacements for the PPGs are being developed. Now available GPP 2 Above Ground Oil Storage

  • SEPA Consultation on an Intergated Authorisation Framework

    SEPA is asking for your views on the proposals for integrated authorisations.

    Consultation documents

  • GPP 24 Stables, Kennels and Catteries

    NEW GPP 24 now available: Stables, Kennels and Catteries

  • ENDS Award winner

    NetRegs; Winner of a prestigious ENDS award 2017

    Knowledge development category winner, see the ENDS Awards

  • NetRegs wins an ENDS Environmental Impact Award

    Knowledge development category winners, see the END Awards

  • EIA (Agriculture) Regulations for Northern Ireland

    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

  • Download our NEW leaflet today: Duty of Care for waste

    NetRegs have produced a new leaflet for Scottish businesses explaining what you must do to comply with YOUR duty of care for waste.

    Duty of Care for waste (Scotland) leaflet (PDF - 775KB)


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