SEPA publishes new strategy for 21st Century regulation

date08 August 2016

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today published its new strategy for regulation, aimed at enabling the agency to tackle the 21st Century challenges facing Scotland’s environment.

The strategy, entitled “One Planet Prosperity - Our Regulatory Strategy”, outlines SEPA’s approach to delivering environmental protection and improvement in ways which will also create health benefits and sustainable economic growth. A key element of the strategy is to encourage and support businesses who seek to find innovative and efficient ways to go beyond standard levels of compliance while operating within Earth’s capacity to support us.

Terry A’Hearn, SEPA’s Chief Executive said:

Under this strategy, SEPA will make two key contributions to making Scotland stronger. First, we will more quickly and powerfully get all Scottish businesses meeting the environmental laws in Scotland. Second, we will help as many Scottish businesses as possible go even further, helping them find profitable ways to go beyond what the law requires in reducing their use of energy, water and materials and the amount of waste they produce.

"By identifying where individual businesses and industry can go beyond compliance, Scotland has the unique opportunity to set the trend on a global scale. There are huge economic incentives for going beyond basic compliance. Especially as pressure on our current resources becomes greater, it will ultimately be businesses that are more sustainable that will continue to thrive, helping to create more lasting and inclusive growth in Scotland."

Drawing upon the new powers granted by the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act in 2014, SEPA will look to develop a range of regulatory tools through which to deliver the new strategy, including a streamlined charging scheme, a suite of new enforcement powers and development of Sustainable Growth Agreements with industry leaders.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

SEPA and the Scottish Government, alongside key stakeholders, are working hard to develop a better environmental regulation programme. This aims to maximise environmental protection while ensuring proportionate and consistent regulation and effective enforcement. SEPA’s regulatory strategy is an important part of the implementation of this work. It sets out how, as a 21st century regulator, it is engaging to deliver compliance and maximise contribution to our communities, a dynamic economy and Scotland’s ambitious climate change agenda.”

The strategy, its ambitions and an outline of the regulatory tools are detailed in the SEPAView article - http://www.sepaview.com/2016/08/one-planet-prosperity-our-regulatory-strategy/

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