New environmental laws and your business
Information to help businesses understand and comply with new environmental protection laws.
New environmental laws come into force on 1 July 2020. They focus on preventing harm to human health and the environment from pollution and waste.
The new laws give EPA more powers and let us issue stronger sanctions to hold polluters to account.
To help businesses manage their environmental risks, we developed the general environmental duty (GED). The GED says businesses must take steps to minimise environmental risks or they may face criminal charges.
We’ve created guidance to help businesses comply with the GED. We’re also using our website, face-to-face meetings and workshops to tell people about the new laws.
The laws have been changing in two phases:
Reviewed 11 November 2019