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Media Releases : 2020

Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Household waste summary (Jan-Dec 2019)


  27 October 2020

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) statisticians have published Official Statistics today (27 October 2020) which provide detail of Household Waste collected across all Local Authorities during 2019.  
Scottish partnership identifies Covid-19 RNA traces through waste water monitoring


  23 October 2020

Scientists at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) have successfully pinpointed fragments of coronavirus’ ribonucleic acid (RNA) in local waste water samples across the country.  
SEPA helped Scotland prepare for weekend of severe weather


  09 October 2020

Communities, businesses and travel networks across the north and east of Scotland benefitted from an early warning of flooding as record-breaking rainfall hit parts of Aberdeenshire.  
MOSSMORRAN UPDATE : 14:30 Tuesday 6 October 2020


  06 October 2020

Chris Dailly, Head of Environmental Performance at SEPA, said: “Whilst we are pleased that the site has now returned to normal operations and is no longer flaring, we remain frustrated by the frequency of flaring and the flow of information from the operator. We’ve also clearly heard the impact flaring continues to have on local communities through over 740 reports to us since Sunday..."  
Mossmorran Unplanned Flaring Update : 20:00 Monday 05/10/20


  05 October 2020

“Whilst its again important to stress that limited, controlled flaring is an authorised and important safety feature of industrial sites, we’ve heard clearly from over 380 reports to SEPA of the impact this further flaring event is having on local communities. “Having referred ExxonMobil Chemical Limited to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) for consideration of prosecution related to Easter 2019 flaring, we remain frustrated by the frequency of flaring and the flow of information from the operator. “We are investigating whether there has been a breach of permit conditions which would inform our next steps in line with our published Enforcement Policy."  
Re-use derelict land to support economic growth and wellbeing, says Taskforce


  01 October 2020

Derelict land is a wasted resource that should help to deliver national ambitions for a fair and green recovery, a national taskforce said today.  
Climate changing carbon dioxide emissions from SEPA regulated industrial sites drop 57% in a decade


  29 September 2020

The Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI) 2019 data – this year experimental official statistics – was published today [29 September 2020] by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. This year’s data covers annual mass releases of specified pollutants to air and water and information on off-site waste transfers from 1,327 SEPA regulated industrial sites.  
Official Statistics Publication for Scotland : Waste landfilled in Scotland – 2019 and Waste incinerated in Scotland - 2019


  29 September 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published Official Statistics today (29 September 2020) which provide details of waste landfilled and incinerated in Scotland for calendar year 2019.  
SEPA warns of low water levels across North of the country


  11 September 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has warned of an increasing water scarcity situation in the North-East and Highlands, with businesses which abstract water all year round being encouraged to take steps to reduce their water usage.  
Pints down the plughole the last resort for struggling landlords


  01 September 2020

Pouring out-of-date pints down the plughole is the last resort for struggling pub landlords. That is the advice from Scotland’s environmental watchdog, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), concerned about the environmental impact of the disposal of waste alcohol.  
Scotland to take centre stage in global #MoveTheDate conversation


  14 August 2020

SEPA is taking the #MoveTheDate conversation into homes and businesses across the world this August, as it hosts the global launch of Earth Overshoot Day.  
Appeal for information on illegal dumping in North Lanarkshire River


  04 August 2020

Scotland’s environmental watchdog, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), today (Tuesday 4 August) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into illegal dumping of household and commercial waste in the Shank Burn near to the A73 (Stirling Road) towards Brackenhirst.  
Marie Macklin CBE’s HALO Kilmarnock recognised as global #MoveTheDate environmental exemplar


  31 July 2020

Scottish businesswoman Marie Macklin’s urban regeneration project in Kilmarnock is being singled out by SEPA and international sustainability organisation Global Footprint Network for its net zero vision.  
SEPA cracks down on illegal dumpers advertising on social media


  17 July 2020

SEPA enforcement team targets criminals and chancers using social media to sell illegal waste services / Regulator reminds waste companies that compliance with the law is non-negotiable / Illegal operators contributing to fly-tipping and other illegal waste activity / Public are reminded - don’t engage the services of people who are not authorised.  
Pioneering Scottish partnership could be the model for global green recovery says global authority on innovation and sustainability


  23 June 2020

Volans, a global think tank and strategic advisory firm founded by John Elkington, the originator of the ‘triple-bottom-line’ of profit, people and planet, and advisor to major companies across the globe, has called out a pioneering Scottish partnership as a potential model for global economic recovery.  
SEPA begins analysis of first samples in COVID-19 RNA fragment waste water monitoring trial


  22 June 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has begun its analysis work on the first samples of waste water (sewage) in a new trial aimed at helping monitor the spread of coronavirus in Scotland.  
SEPA and Scottish Enterprise aligning to deliver 'strong green spine’ and support Scotland’s green recovery


  22 June 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today confirmed that it would accelerate its strategic partnership with Scottish Enterprise to support Scotland’s green recovery.  
Bob Downes : A Climate for Change


  16 June 2020

SEPA Chair Bob Downes writes for Holyrood Magazine on the climate for change.  
Ambitious new route map points the way to £1 billion for nature conservation


  22 May 2020

A route map towards unlocking £1 billion of new investment for nature conservation in Scotland has been published by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). This work comes at a critical time as society plans a green recovery from the social and economic upheaval caused by COVID-19, and continues to respond to the urgent climate and ecological emergencies.  
Scotland's waste workers keep the nation recycling


  21 May 2020

Further information for Scotland's commercial recyclers and waste managers launched at managingourwaste.scot/wastemanagement  
SEPA to submit a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for consideration of prosecution over Mossmorran flaring


  13 May 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (Wednesday 13 May 2020) announced its intention to submit a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for consideration of prosecution in relation to the flaring at the Mossmorran complex during April 2019.  
Campaign launches to help people in Scotland manage their waste during the coronavirus pandemic


  27 April 2020

Some waste and recycling collection services across Scotland are temporarily disrupted as a result of the coronavirus.  
Scottish business sustainability leader announced as SEPA Deputy Chair


  17 April 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (17 April 2020) announced the appointment of board member Michelle Francis to the post of Deputy Chair.  
Scottish Environment Protection Agency staff support national effort to combat virus


  17 April 2020

Key workers across the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have stepped up to further assist the national effort against coronavirus.  
SEPA supports Scottish business adapt to public health emergency


  06 April 2020

Warning that “if you deliberately do the wrong thing, you’ll get the uncompromising regulator your behaviour deserves.”  
Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Waste from all sources


  31 March 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published Official Statistics today (31 March 2020) which provide details of waste from households, construction and demolition, and commerce and industry for calendar year 2018.  
Greenhouse gas emissions from Scottish businesses fell by over 50% since 2008


  20 March 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (20 March 2020) published its Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI) data for 2018. SPRI is a database of annual mass releases of specified pollutants to air, water and land from SEPA regulated industrial sites.  
Scottish business environmental compliance over 90% for fourth year in a row in latest SEPA data


  19 February 2020

Scottish business environmental compliance was over 90% for the fourth year in a row in the latest figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). 90.5% of Scottish regulated business sites were assessed as compliant (Excellent’, ‘Good’ or ‘Broadly Compliant’) in 2018. 76.2% of Scottish regulated sites (almost 4,000 sites) rated as excellent.  
Salmon return to Renfrewshire river for first time in more than 100 years


  18 February 2020

Salmon have been spotted swimming upstream in an Inverclyde river for the first time in over 100 years following the successful adaptation of a redundant industrial weir.  
‘Unplanned flaring’ during Mossmorran restart a reminder of why short and medium term solution critical says SEPA


  14 February 2020

‘Unplanned flaring’ during ExxonMobil Chemical Limited’s Mossmorran restart is a reminder of why short and medium term solution are critical to addressing ‘unacceptable flaring’ said the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (Friday 14 February 2020).  
Mossmorran restart in 'final stage' as SEPA's twin-track approach addresses the investment required to end 'unacceptable flaring'


  11 February 2020

The Mossmorran restart has now entered its ‘next and final stage’ SEPA was advised yesterday evening (Monday 10 February 2020) by ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd.  
SEPA continues its twin-track approach to ExxonMobil – ongoing monitoring whilst working to address root causes of ‘unacceptable’ flaring


  24 January 2020

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (Friday 24 January 2020), confirmed the continuation of its ‘twin-track’ approach to the responsible restart of ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd’s Mossmorran facility in Fife.