New law list to help Northern Ireland builders stay green

A register of environmental legislation to help builders stay on the green side of the law has been launched in Northern Ireland.

Members of industry body the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) can now use the new Environmental Law Register.

The register is billed as a "comprehensive list" of Northern Ireland environmental legislation applicable to the construction industry.

John Armstrong, CEF managing director, said: "We are delighted to provide our members with this free service which promotes good environmental practice.

"The impact we all have on our environment is well documented, construction firms are no different.

"The register will help our members comply with Northern Ireland regulations and minimise their environmental impact, as well as save money through a reduction in waste and improve their public image and appeal to clients."

The CEF Register gives firms using an environmental management system, such as ISO 14001 or BS 8555, an up-to-date checklist of environmental law affecting them.

CEF says its register complements NetRegs - a government service giving free environmental guidance, including on complying with environmental law, to small and medium-sized businesses.

Andrew Ryan, Environment Lawyer at commercial law firm Carson McDowell, which drew up the register for the federation, said: "As environmental Law specialists we were delighted to be asked by the CEF to compile an easy to access environmental law register for their members.

"There is a lot of environmental legislation out there and the aim of having the register available for construction companies is to make the process of finding and adhering to relevant legislation much easier."

The partnership between the CEF and Carson McDowell also includes a legal hotline (028 9034 8800) giving federation members up to half an hour of free advice on topics including environmental regulations.

David Gibbs


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