Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Many schools, colleges and universities have produced travel plans which are designed to:
If you set up an environmental management system, you can use a green transport policy as evidence of your commitment to reducing the environmental impact of your establishment.
If you develop a school travel plan you should involve teachers, school management, pupils, parents and your local council. The development of a school travel plan is one of the eight topics covered by the Eco-schools programme.
There are a number of resources available to help schools produce school travel plans.
Universities and colleges are often major employers and can account for a high level of travel impacts. These can be addressed in travel plans.
A travel plan for a college or university should cover travel to and from the campus by students, staff and visitors. It should also consider the impact of vehicles owned and operated by the establishment and the organisation's business travel.
The introduction of a travel plan is often part of the conditions for planning permission for capital developments. You should consult with your local council planning department for guidance on relevant planning legislation.
Employers can make use of tax incentives to provide a range of services as part of their travel plan.
If you own and run vehicles, there are steps that you can take to reduce emissions and save money. If you lease vehicles, make sure that your procurement policy considers the environmental performance of vehicles.
Buy, or plan to replace your vehicles with the most efficient models on the market.
Consider alternative fuels such as liquid propane gas (LPG), 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.
Plan journeys and combine several short trips into one longer one. Cold engines use around 60% more fuel than warm engines.
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:
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 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
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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