B2.6 Key Terms continued…



Best Practicable Environmental Option

BPEO has been defined by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution as “the outcome of a systematic consultative and decision making procedure which emphasises the protection and conservation of the environment across land, air and water. The BPEO procedure establishes for a given set of objectives, the option that provides the most benefits or the least damage to the environment, as a whole, at acceptable cost, in the long term as well as in the short term“.

This relates to the disposal or dispersal with the lowest environmental impact in the long term. The aim is to limit damage to the environment as much as is achievable at acceptable costs.


Cheapest Available Technology Not Incurring Prosecution

This is not an official term, but unfortunately one that some organizations choose to adopt!

The above terms all aim to remove CATNIP from management decisions.