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IPC / IED Annual Environmental Reports

IPC/IED holders must submit an Annual Environmental Report (AER) to the EPA by March 31st each year.  This is a report of the environmental performance of the activity for the previous year. The Annual Environmental Report (AER) is a requirement for all EPA licensed facilities. The content of the AER should give a concise summary...

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Licences and Permits

Licences and Permits

ECOS work with a wide range of business sectors to obtain and manage a variety of environmental licences and permits including:  Industrial Emissions (IE) and Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Waste Licence  Waste Facility & Collection Permits Licences to discharge wastewater to sewer, surface water or ground. Solvent certificates of compliance Water Abstractions Register ECOS work...

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Solvent Regulations – which ones apply to your business

Solvent Regulations – which ones apply to your business

If you use solvents, it is likely that either the Solvent Regulations 2012 or EPA Act will apply to you. The Solvent Regulations are aimed at solvent users who use 0.5 – 10 tonnes per year.  Such users must obtain a Certificate of Compliance from their local authority.  This certificate is valid for three years. ...

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How to Obtain an Effluent Discharge Licence

How to Obtain an Effluent Discharge Licence

Any company that discharges the following requires an effluent discharge licence:  Trade effluent (including cooling water) to waters  Sewage effluent to waters  Trade effluent (including cooling water) to sewers  Under the provisions of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Acts 1977 and 1990 and the Water Services Act 2007 to 2013, local authorities are responsible for...

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Annual Environmental Report (AER)

If you are an EPA licensed activity, your Annual Environmental Report (AER) is typically due to be submitted at the end of March of each year.  The Annual Environmental Report (AER) is a requirement for all EPA licensed facilities.  The content of the AER should give a concise summary of the environmental performance of the...

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Annual Environmental Report Season has arrived

Your Annual Environmental Report (AER) is typically due to be submitted at the end of either January, February or March of each year.  The due date will be dictated by the activity or facility to be reported and will be presented in the licence or permit issued The Annual Environmental Report (AER) is a requirement...

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Basic checks and balances to save time and money

Basic checks and balances to save time and money

In our experience Water, Waste and Wastewater problems arise and costs increase where basic checks and balances have been overlooked or not acted upon. “If you don’t measure it you cannot manage it” ECOS works with our clients to ensure that avoidable problems can be avoided. The potential cost saving benefits to the client can...

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Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly

Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly

Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly. Often greater value can be achieved through improved management of production costs and resource used as opposed to increased sales. The circular economy eliminates the concept of waste and recognises that everything has a value.  This includes looking at waste as the underutilisation of resources. Circular supply chain:  Introduces fully...

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Lean is Green is Sustainable Business Growth

Lean is Green is Sustainable Business Growth

Lean is Green or to be more precise Green is Lean and Sustainable. In developing a successful Lean/Green culture, understanding the different business processes and their whole of life impact is very important. How do these processes impact the business? How do business processes affect each other? What can we improve? What will the benefits...

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Waste is a Resource – Gain and Retain value

When is a waste not a waste? Or better still why is a waste a waste? “A waste is a resource from which value has not been optimised – products, process, people  = €, £, $.” A circular economy can help achieve these targets, save money and reduces pressure on the environment.  However, significant barriers...

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End of Waste: Call to Action and State of Mind

End of Waste: Call to Action and State of Mind

End of Waste – sounds like a call to action at a rally and maybe it should be. Directive 2008/98/EC sets the basic concepts and definitions related to waste management, such as definitions of waste, recycling, recovery. It also explains When waste ceases to be waste and becomes a secondary raw material (so called end-of-waste criteria)...

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