Being aware of how we affect the environment and protecting the natural environment from the pollution and damage has never been so important to businesses. However, not all businesses known how their activities can affect the environment and our surroundings.
As a business, you have a legal and moral responsibility to identify and control the environmental aspects and impacts of all your activities, products and services. It is also your responsibility to make sure you comply with all relevant legislations. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
Just about everything you do is covered by environmental legislation from air pollution from your energy usage to waste packaging from your deliveries, hazardous substances in your chemicals to noisy plant and equipment being used at night. Even expanding your business can be affected by environmental legislation covering protected species (bats, newts, badgers, etc), hedgerows and trees and whether your activities affect sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) or special areas of conservation (SAC). You might even need special permits or licences such as a permit to discharge surface waters to a river or stream or you might need a waste licence for your rubbish.