SEPA and NIEA launch revamped NetRegs site

date04 April 2013

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have joined forces to launch a new and improved website to help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand their environmental responsibilities and encourage good environmental practice.

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Developed in partnership by SEPA and NIEA, NetRegs (www.netregs.org.uk) contains guidelines for businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland to help them comply with environmental regulations.  Built with businesses in mind, the website breaks down the information for each specific sector, discarding unnecessary jargon. The service is also completely free and available 24 hours a day.

Speaking of the new website, Gillian Bruce, Advice and Engagement Manager at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

“We know that businesses often lack the time or resource to trawl through complicated legislation, so we have created NetRegs to reflect the needs of these businesses by making it as simple and efficient as possible. There isn’t a lot of plain language information out there for SMEs and we believe NetRegs fills that gap and will help such businesses save time, money and hassle.

“Good environmental management and compliance also makes good business sense and the NetRegs site has been developed to help SMEs, in Scotland and Northern Ireland, achieve their targets.”

Stephen Aston of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency said:

Many businesses already report that NetRegs is their primary trusted source of guidance on environmental legislation. We hope that the new site will help businesses not only meet their obligations but take opportunities to go beyond compliance”

The new NetRegs site replaces its predecessor (NetRegs.gov.uk), which was run by the two bodies along with the Environment Agency (EA) of England and Wales.

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