- the general increase in environmental protection, displayed throughout society, which has been accopanied by a strengthening of environmental legistation; and
- the improving cost effectiveness of computer-based solutions.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 made widespread provisions for improving control and management of potentially polluting activities and was arguably the most important piece of environmental legislation introduced in the last decade. A major consequence of this Act was the establishment of a system for integrated pollution control, which brought with it the need for operators to demonstrate greater understanding of their emissions and impacts that ever before. This included the need to justify why lower environmental impacts were impracticable.