Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Under the Kyoto Protocol, European Union member states agreed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases - such as CO2 - by 8 per cent below 1990 levels by 2012. The second phase of the Kyoto protocol requires a 20% reduction by 2020. The UK has agreed to go further than this, and aims to reduce its emissions by 34 per cent below 1990 levels. The UK is also obliged to cap its overall greenhouse gas emissions across all industries under the Climate Change Act 2008.
The UK's CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is an incentive to improve energy efficiency in large public and private sector organisations. The scheme is regulated by:
The Environment Agency is the overall scheme administrator and will manage the online registry and the sale of carbon allowances for the whole of the UK.
Provision has been made that will bring about the early closure of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. This guide has been updated to explain what the implications will mean for you.
Video Case Study: Celtic Renewables
Read an overview of the scheme
Read our guidance on how to comply with the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme
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Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs.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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