Balmoral Show: come visit the Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Date published: 09 May 2019

If you’re visiting the Balmoral Show this year don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s (NIEA) stand and also the
NetRegs stand in the Eikon Centre and learn how they can help you operate within the law and protect the environment.

NetRegs, is the agency’s dedicated website for businesses and provides the most up-to-date information and guidance on complying with environmental legislation.

Mark Livingstone, Head of NIEA’s Regulation Unit said: “As part of our role to protect and enhance the environment, we developed the NetRegs website to help make it easier for businesses to be aware of, and comply with, their legal responsibilities.

“Targeted in particular at SMEs, NetRegs provides free up-to-date guidance on environmental compliance and good practice to businesses here. It is written in simple, easy to understand language which makes it as easy as possible for companies to meet their statutory obligations.”

It offers guidance for 36 different business sectors, along with examples of good practice and further information on current, future and recently added legislation.

Businesses can use the seven e-learning tools, an environmental self-assessment tool, videos and case studies. They can also benefit from a mobile app when away from the office and a monthly email update.

Mark added: “We have had really positive feedback on the NetRegs site with many companies realising the business benefits of going beyond environmental compliance. Ensuring you are operating within the law hasn’t been easier.”

Further, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency is supporting business to protect the environment and will be at the Balmoral show this year to provide guidance and information on:

  • Waste and Resource Management
  • Water Regulation and Quality
  • Land and Groundwater Protection
  • Drinking Water Inspectorate

Water quality in Northern Ireland is everyone’s responsibility. Clean Water is one of our most important natural resources for drinking, farming, leisure, wildlife and biodiversity. The latest statistics show Phosphorus levels in our Northern Ireland waters are rising and in order to reduce these levels everyone has to play their part. NIEA Water Management Unit’s message at Balmoral Show this year is to look at your Phosphorus inputs and outputs on your farm as Phosphorus will be part of the NIEA Cross Compliance Inspections. NIEA staff will be available every day at the NIEA Stand to talk about the phosphorus balance on your farm so that the majority of phosphorus input on your farm goes into your livestock, grass and crops and not into our waterways.

And with Invasive Species Week taking place 13-17 May 2019 organisations across the UK are working together to raise awareness and help prevent their spread. Staff from NIEA will be available to advise you on the simple things that you can do help protect the environment and recreational spaces you enjoy.

You can find out more about NIEA and NetRegs by visiting their stand at the Balmoral Show between 15 and 18 May.

Notes to editors: 

  1. NetRegs has been developed and maintained by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, in partnership with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency to provide advice on environmental compliance and good practice to businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  2. To register for the e-alert service or for more information on how NetRegs can help you improve your business and understand your obligations, visit the Net Regs website.
  3. NIEA is an Executive Agency within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.
  4. Find out more about this year’s Balmoral Show at their website.
  5. Follow DAERA on Twitter and Facebook.
  6. All media enquiries to DAERA Press Office or tel: 028 9052 4619.

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