NetRegs has recently been re-launched, providing free advice and guidance on what businesses must do to comply with environmental regulations. We take a closer look at what the website has to offer.
NetRegs is a partnership between SEPA and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. It provides free online environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland.
What can you find on the site?
There are over 30 different business sectors covered on the site. Each business type contains a range of relevant topics, organised in one place. Businesses who can’t find their business type can use the A-Z of jobs to find the most appropriate guidance for their needs.
Alternatively, there is a library of topics, that can be browsed, where all of the guides are arranged under headings. These include: air pollution; waste; water; and land.
A wide range of subjects are available on the site. Some of them, such as the duty of care, apply to all businesses, while others deal with an issue or an activity that is specific to only one sector.
You can find plain English guides that have been designed to help businesses reduce their running costs, as well as their environmental impact, by providing advice on cutting carbon emissions and improving resource efficiency.
The site also provides up-to-date lists of all the key environmental legislation which may affect businesses. Each piece of legislation is listed under a topic heading, such as air, conservation, waste or water, and has a short summary of the content of the legislation. Each item links to the appropriate page on the Legislation.gov.uk website so you can refer to the actual text of the legislation if required.
There are also a number of guides that deal with carbon reduction and resource efficiency, which aim to cut businesses costs, as well as reducing impacts on the environment. Where possible, Netregs will signpost business support organisations, such as the Carbon Trust, that can provide practical help in achieving these goals.
You can also sign up to receive free monthly email updates from NetRegs, keeping you up-to-date with new regulations, consultations and other news items that are of interest.
New training tools, offering short courses to bring businesses and their employees up to speed with current legislation, are due to go online by this summer. They will cover such topics as:
- duty of care for waste;
- sinks, drains and sewers;
- waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
So if you’re a small or medium-sized business based in Scotland or Northern Ireland, visit the NetRegs website today to find out the many benefits that good environmental practice can have on your business.
[hr] You can sign up to receive free monthly email updates from NetRegs, keeping you up to date with new regulations, consultations and other news items that are of interest.