25 Nov 2010 10:11:01
UK green business performance 'improving'
UK businesses have improved their environmental performance, but improvements still need to be made in the energy sector, according to the Environment Agency.
The department has this week published its Greener Business report, finding nine out of ten sites inspected by the agency have been rated in the top two bands for environmental performance.
Some 55 percent of sites regulated by the Environment Agency received a top A rating, an increase on the 47 percent recorded in 2009.
Of all regulated sites, the energy sector continued to provide the biggest source of emissions, accounting for 75 percent of greenhouse gases, 82 percent of nitrogen oxides and 75 percent of sulphur oxides.
Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the agency, said: "Our analysis shows that most companies have a good environmental record, despite the difficult economic conditions. And serious pollution incidents have reduced significantly in the last five years. "
Illegal waste sites were also shown to provide a continuing problem, with one unregulated site operating for every ten legal ones.
Most recently, a businessman in Birmingham was fined over £40,000 for running three illegal waste sites in the city.