Essential Environment Online


Essential Environment Online is now produced and managed by Environmental Protection UK effective from 1 January 2022. Formerly produced and managed by International Labmate for some six years and before them it was in the hands of Environmental Protection UK a national charity and former publishers of Essential Environment (previously the Pollution Control Handbook) and Essential Environment Online. The first guide was published over 30 years ago.

The Essential Environment website is regularly updated to reflect developments of relevance to environmental protection and pollution control pollution legislation in the UK, the Devolved Administrations and in Europe.


The information contained in Essential Environment Online is the property of Environmental Protection UK and is protected under copyright.

Information may not be copied, reproduced, republished, posted, broadcast or transmitted in any way except for your own personal/professional non-commercial use. Any other use requires the prior written permission of Environmental Protection UK.


Essential Environment Online is widely used by central and local government, industry, pollution control specialists, consultants, researchers and students. It aims, therefore, to provide an overview of environmental and pollution control legislation and related issues that is accessible to readers with widely varying knowledge and expertise. It does not, however, set out to provide a detailed statement of law and specialist professional advice should always be sought in dealing with specific problems, or before taking legal action. Environmental Protection UK can take no responsibility for any inaccuracies which may have arisen.

Essential Environment Online contains a number of links to assist subscribers in finding out further information. However, Environmental Protection UK is not responsible for the contents or reliability of linked websites and does not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. The inclusion of a web link should not be taken as endorsement of any kind and we cannot guarantee that the links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

As with any online resource, Essential Environment Online may from time to time experience technical difficulties. Environmental Protection UK will make every effort to avoid any disruption to the service and rectify any issues as soon as possible. Any necessary technical work will be carried out at a time considered to cause the least disruption.

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