The Impact Environmental Policies Have on Your Business

The Journal (Newcastle, England), September 12, 2011 | Go to article overview

The Impact Environmental Policies Have on Your Business


Byline: HINA JOSHI

AS a business owner you have a legal responsibility to monitor and effectively manage the impact your business has on the environment.

Legislation and environmental compliance orders are in place to ensure that all businesses operate responsibly. But acting in a socially and environmentally responsible way can have a positive effect on your business too.

COMPLIANCE There are a number environmental rules that your business may have to comply with, including preventing air pollution; waste storage and handling; noise, odour and other pollutions; and a number of other environmental concerns. LICENSING Certain business activities that pose an environmental risk are required to have a permit or license. These include, amongst others, any business which collects or transports waste, carries out waste activities, carries out industrial or agricultural activities, discharges trade effluent, takes water from surface or groundwater. CONSERVATION If you operate within a protected area, your business has to conform to more stringent conservation legislation. This legislation is in place to protect the UK's biodiversity and as a business owner it is your responsibility to comply. COST EFFICIENCIES Going that one step further to introduce environmental policies can have a positive effect on your business. …

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