An Enforcement Undertaking is a voluntary offer made by an offender to repair environmental damage they have caused and make sure it cannot happen again. It enables the Environment Agency to decide whether or not to prosecute a business for breaching environmental regulations in cases where it is not in the public interest to prosecute. The offer must address the cause and effect of the offending and protect, restore or enhance the natural capital of England.
Enforcement undertakings mean that funding is made available local to where the offence occurred so that remediation can take place, which does not always happen when prosecutions occur. The Wear Rivers Trust can help to advise and carry out remediation works.
How we can help
The Wear Rivers Trust are well placed to deliver enforcement undertakings for restoration and remediation activities. The Trust has a team of staff who are experienced in delivering a range of projects including river restoration, wetland creation and habitat improvement works in both rural and urban settings within the Wear catchment. We are able to offer specialist advice, guidance and assistance to businesses and individuals to ensure the best outcomes possible from an environmental offence.
For more detail on civil sanctions and enforcement actions you can read the Environment Agency guidance using the link below (including a link to Enforcement undertaking offer form).
If you would like to discuss Enforcement Undertakings in the Wear Catchment please contact the Trust via our contact page below.