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Environment and Efficiency
Carbon footprintA carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organisation, event or product.
Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009 (CHIP)The aim of CHIP is to ensure that people who are supplied with chemicals receive the information they need to protect themselves, others and the environment.
Climate changeClimate change is the term used to explain the changing weather we are experiencing. It is widely accepted that human activity is contributing to climate change through the production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
Climate change levy (CCL)The CCL is a tax on energy used by businesses. The levy is charged on electricity, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and several forms of coal and coke.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)CHP installations generate power (in the form of electricity) and heat (usually in the form of steam or hot water).
Contaminated landContaminated land is land that contains substances (either in, on or under the land), which could cause significant harm to people, animals, vegetation, man-made property or the environment. Contaminated land is also land which is or is likely to cause the pollution of controlled waters.
Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH)COMAH applies to industrial sites using or storing dangerous substances, which have the potential to cause harm to both people and the environment if a major accident occurs.
Controlled wasteControlled waste is household, commercial or industrial waste. It may be solid or liquid. It does not have to be hazardous or toxic to be controlled waste.
Controlled watersControlled waters are the UK's natural waters. These include rivers and streams, lakes and lochs, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwaters.