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The major functions of the Environment Protection Department (EPD) include:
  • Administer and implement the provisions of Environment Protection Act and the rules and regulations made there under 
  • Prepare and establish the Punjab Environmental Quality Standards with approval of the Council and Enforcement 
  • Take measures to promote research and development of science and technology which may contribute to the prevention of pollution, protection of the environment and sustainable development 
  • Identify the needs for, and initiate legislation in various sectors of the environment 
  • Provide information and guidance to the public on environmental matters 
  • Specify safeguards for the prevention of accidents and disasters which may cause pollution 
  • Encourage the formation and working of non-government, community and village organizations to prevent and control pollution and promote sustainable development 
  • Take all necessary measures for protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of the environment, and for prevention and control of pollution 
  • Promotion of sustainable development
The EPD is able to perform the aforementioned functions through various sections of the department working together to meet its collective goals. These sections include: