Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Note for businesses in England: Those in England seeking guidance on the topics covered by PPGs, please visit to the GOV.UK website instead. PPGs are no longer current government guidance for England.
Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs) are a series of documents developed by the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) for Northern Ireland, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for Scotland. Each PPG is targeted at a particular type of business or activity and covers environmental good environmental practice to minimise pollution. The PPGs also make reference to environmental legal obligations, but that information is currently out-of-date and requires updating.
A review plan for the PPGs is currently underway, resulting in a replacement guidance series, with new branding and title "Guidance for Pollution Prevention" (GPPs). The new series provide environmental good practice guidance for the whole UK, and environmental regulatory guidance directly to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales only. For businesses in England, regulatory guidance is available from GOV.UK instead.
In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, please consider the PPGs still listed as a source of information on good practice only. In England, please check for up to date regulatory information in GOV.UK .
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Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs.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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