Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Your office can reduce the environmental impact of staff and visitor travel by producing a travel plan and choosing greener vehicles.
A travel plan can help reduce your environmental impact by promoting more sustainable travel choices.
You will need to consider how employees and visitors travel to and from your site and the vehicles owned and operated by your business.
Travel plans are designed to:
See our guidance on the resources available to help you produce a travel plan.
The Energy Saving Trust has produced a smart phone app that can save you money and track your fuel use. You can find out about the app at:
Transport costs your business money. You can save money through your choice of vehicles, the way you use them and the fuel they use.
Buy, or plan to replace your vehicles with the most efficient models on the market.
If you lease vehicles, choose those with the best environmental performance. This will save you money on road tax and on fuel costs.
Consider alternative fuels such as liquid propane gas (LPG) and hybrids or electric vehicles if appropriate.
Improve the driving skills of your staff and help them to develop more efficient driving techniques.
In Scotland, contact the Energy Saving Trust. They can help you save up to 15% of the costs of running your vehicles.
Maintain vehicles to make sure that they are running as efficiently as possible and keep tyres inflated to the correct pressure.
Train your staff in more efficient driving techniques.
Take advantage of the government's cycle to work scheme and encourage your staff to cycle to work.
Your staff can then benefit from tax exemption if they purchase bicycles or cycling equipment through the scheme.
You should dispose of all waste vehicles at an authorised treatment facility (ATF) and obtain a certificate of destruction.
You must no longer send whole and shredded used tyres to landfill. This ban does not include bicycle tyres, or tyres with an outside diameter greater than 1.4 metres. Ask your waste contractor for collection and disposal options in your area.
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
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