Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Preventing air pollution

Preventing air pollution

Air pollution from your business can harm the environment by contributing to climate change and damaging land, water and wildlife. It could also have a detrimental impact on the health of people living in the local area - children and the elderly are particularly sensitive to the effects of some pollutants.

It is not enough simply to comply with air pollution legislation - you must also minimise the environmental impact of your business in many different ways. Taking active steps to reduce air pollution can benefit your business. For example, limiting emissions and improving your processes can save you money and enhance your reputation not only with your staff, but with your customers and the local community.

This guide outlines how to comply with air pollution legislation and the benefits of keeping air pollution to a minimum. It also includes information on checking and controlling air pollution and protecting others from pollution.

Additional resources

       

Video Case Study: How to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Your Business

Causes of air pollution

There are two main types of air pollution:

  • fumes - which can include vapours, gases, smoke and odours
  • dust - dry particles

These can be produced in a number of different ways. Manufacturing processes, particularly those that use chemicals and machinery, can cause air pollution. Less obviously 'dirty' processes, such as cleaning and packaging goods, can also produce harmful emissions.

Read our guidance on causes and effects of air pollution.

 Business benefits of improving air quality

Read about the benefits of reducing air pollution

Dark smoke restrictions

Read about restrictions on dark smoke

Boilers and furnaces: chimney and emission limits

Read about chimney heights and emission limits

Burning waste  controls

Read about the controls on burning waste

Air pollution environmental legislation

 

Read our list of air pollution legislation

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