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Environmental requirements

What requirements are there covering the packaging I use in my business?

The following document gives you a guide to the packaging used by businesses from the point of view of minimising the environmental impact.

The composition and use of packaging (information supplied by the Trading Standards Institute)

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When do I need to have an energy performance certificate for premises I am selling or renting out?

Sellers, landlords or agents must ensure, in most cases, they have a valid energy performance certificate when advertising property for sale or rent.

Guidance on energy performance certificates for sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants can be found on the Communities and Local Government (CLG) website.

Communities and Local Government (external website)

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Where else can I get advice on environmental requirements for goods and property?

The following organisations offer advice or information to businesses.

  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is a central government department. One of its roles is to help to draft and regulate many of the UK laws, regulations and guidelines on advertising, package travel and timeshare, pricing and product description that help protect consumers and businesses from unscrupulous practices.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (external website)

  • Online advice for business and self-employed is available from the GOV.UK website.

GOV.UK Business and Self-employed (external website)

  • The Communities and Local Government (CLG), has as one of its responsibilities to help to cut carbon emissions and protect the natural environment. They publish guidance to sellers, landlords, buyers and tenants on their website.

Communities and Local Government (external website)

Everything Regulation, Whenever It’s Needed (ERWIN) website has been set up by the East of England Trading Standards Association Limited (EETSA) to provide regulatory services information in an innovative way that will make it more accessible and useful to businesses.

Everything Regulation, Whenever It's Needed (external website)

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