Media Releases : 2015

SEPA Chairman, David Sigsworth, retires

  31 December 2015
The Chairman of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), David Sigsworth, is retiring from the role at the end of December.  Read the full media release

SEPA calls on public to be aware of flood risk this weekend

  04 December 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on the public to be aware that heavy persistent rainfall during today (4 December) and Saturday may result in widespread flooding in parts of Scotland this weekend.  Read the full media release

Final reminder for 2015 water abstraction data returns

  01 December 2015
Licence holders who have abstracted water for irrigating crops and fields during 2015, are being reminded that data returns should be submitted to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) before 31 December 2015.   Read the full media release

SEPA hosts tea-party to help elderly get flood-prepared

  23 November 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Contact the Elderly hosted a special tea-party in Stirling yesterday (22 November) to help older people get flood-prepared.  Read the full media release

SEPA calls on young people to share flooding knowledge

  13 November 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is urging young people to educate their families and friends on how to be flood-prepared this winter.  Read the full media release

SEPA launches new interactive flood reporting tool

  10 November 2015
As some of Scotland sees localised flooding, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (10 November 2015) launched a new interactive flood reporting tool in order to help communities across Scotland be flood-prepared.   Read the full media release

Local air quality matters: workshop opportunity

  03 November 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living, is hosting a public workshop to help develop a new online air quality tool for local communities.  Read the full media release

2014 Compliance Assessment Scheme results published

  20 October 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (20 October) published its Compliance Assessment Scheme figures for 2014, which show that 88% of operators assessed have achieved a rating of excellent, good or broadly compliant.  Read the full media release

Solway Firth flood warning scheme to benefit coastal communities

  09 October 2015
More than 1400 homes and businesses could benefit from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) new coastal flood warning scheme for the Solway Firth, which was launched today (Friday 9 October) by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr. Aileen McLeod.  Read the full media release

SEPA reports expected bathing water classifications under new European Directive

  06 October 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) expects that 80% of Scotland’s bathing waters will meet the new European water quality standards when confirmed classifications are issued by the EU in spring 2016.  Read the full media release

Alyth Flood Report

  05 October 2015
The investigation into the causes of the flooding in Alyth on 17 July 2015 has now been completed and a joint agency report of the findings has been prepared.   Read the full media release

SPRI shows overall decline in greenhouse gases from Scottish industry

  02 October 2015
Figures released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (2 October) have shown a 9% drop in total greenhouse gases emissions from industrial sources from 2013 to 2014.  Read the full media release

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Household waste - January to December 2014

  30 September 2015
Official statistics have been issued today by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) which shows that Local Authorities in Scotland have recycled 42.8% of household waste collected in 2014.   Read the full media release

Changing our children’s choices to tackle air pollution

  24 September 2015
Teaching children about the contribution travel choices make to air pollution is the best way to change attitudes and behaviours for the future.  Read the full media release

New procurement guidance launched to help crack waste crime

  18 September 2015
New procurement guidance launched to help crack waste crime  Read the full media release

Proposals to improve Compliance Assessment Scheme outlined in new SEPA consultation

  04 September 2015
A new consultation has been launched by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (4 September, 2015) on proposed improvements to the current Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS), which rates environmental licences at over 10,000 sites across Scotland.   Read the full media release

Four weeks until reservoir registration period closes

  02 September 2015
Only four weeks remain until the deadline for operators to register their reservoir with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), before the registration period ends on 30 September.   Read the full media release

Scotland’s businesses must meet Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme deadline of 5 December

  27 August 2015
Hundreds of businesses across Scotland only have until 5 December to undertake and submit energy audits to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) regulations.  Read the full media release

Recruitment begins for new SEPA Chair and Board member

  31 July 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (31 July, 2015) publicised the recruitment process for candidates to replace the current Chairman and one Non-Executive member of the SEPA Board.   Read the full media release

Public consultation begins on new enforcement policy and guidance for environmental offences

  23 July 2015
Stakeholders are being invited by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), to provide feedback on a revised enforcement policy and guidance on the use of SEPA’s new enforcement tools.   Read the full media release

SEPA sets out guidance for marine cage fish farms

  09 July 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (9 July 2015) published updated guidance on how fish farms are regulated in Scotland.  Read the full media release

Consultation on new regulatory charging scheme launched

  26 June 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (26 June, 2015) launched a consultation on proposed changes to the regulatory charging scheme covering annual licence costs and application fees.   Read the full media release

Taking the Caledonian Canal can reduce CO2 emissions by over 85%

  15 June 2015
The 24 metre Sir John Murray, Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) scientific survey vessel, will take the opportunity to travel through the historic canal today (15 June 2015) to show how taking the direct route to the North Sea can dramatically save on CO2 emissions.  Read the full media release

Scotland’s Bathing Water season starts

  01 June 2015
Scotland’s official bathing water season starts today (1 June), the first reporting period under the new EU Bathing Water Directive.  Read the full media release

Appeal for information: Suspected illegal dumping of construction & demolition waste in Cosnakie Woods, Pitcairngreen

  20 May 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into the dumping of construction and demolition waste. A wooden conservatory and other household and garden waste types were deposited on private land at Cosnakie Wood, one mile north of Pitcairngreen.  Read the full media release

Minister opens new shared office for Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage

  13 May 2015
Scottish Government Minister Aileen McLeod MSP today (13 May) opened Strathallan House, a new shared office in Stirling for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).  Read the full media release

Importance of climate change highlighted ahead of international summit in Paris

  16 April 2015
Ahead of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this November, environmental experts will discuss the chief concerns facing the global community from climate change at the Edinburgh International Science Festival tonight (Thursday, 16 April).  Read the full media release

Reservoir registration now open

  01 April 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding all reservoir managers of the importance of early sign up as the six month free registration period officially opens today.  Read the full media release

SEPA advises of changes to hydropower scheme application procedure

  13 March 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has taken the decision to temporarily stand down its specialist team responsible for the determination of hydropower scheme applications.  Read the full media release

Innovative forecasting trial could help flood risk communities

  12 March 2015
CREW, Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters, has today (12 March 2015) published a report, commissioned by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), on the successful delivery of an innovative pilot project to improve surface water flood forecasting in urban areas.   Read the full media release

Future funding announced for Scotland’s Environment Web

  12 March 2015
Scotland’s first dedicated website for environmental data will continue to be supported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and partners, once the European LIFE+ funding contribution concludes later this year. SEPA’s Chief Executive, James Curran, will make the announcement of future funding for the website (www.environment.scotland.gov.uk) at Understanding the state of the environment – a conference being held by the agency in Edinburgh tomorrow (13 March).   Read the full media release

SEPA urges coastal communities to sign up to improved Moray Firth flood warning service

  09 March 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding residents and businesses to get flood-prepared and sign up to the improved coastal flood warning service for the Moray Firth.  Read the full media release

Six month registration period for reservoirs opens 1 April 2015

  04 March 2015
During 2016, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will become responsible for regulating reservoir safety in Scotland. To ensure all relevant reservoir operators are fully registered with SEPA ahead of the change, a free six month registration period will open on 1 April, 2015.   Read the full media release

Flood risk management partners invite views on how flood risk is managed in Scotland

  02 March 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and local authorities are today (Monday 2 March) calling on the public and businesses to share their opinions on the most comprehensive assessment of flood risk, and its impacts, ever compiled in Scotland.   Read the full media release

SEPA commences River Leven survey in Fife

  13 February 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has contracted a specialist team to survey the River Leven catchment in Fife over the coming weeks.  Read the full media release

SEPA and Rio Tinto Alcan to deliver environmental improvements to the River Cour

  11 February 2015
Flows will be reintroduced to an area covering 6km along the River Cour (a tributary of the River Spean) following extensive work by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Rio Tinto Alcan to deliver significant environmental improvements to the water body.  Read the full media release

Scottish Environment Protection Agency appoints new CEO

  14 January 2015
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has appointed Terry A'Hearn as its next Chief Executive. Mr A’Hearn is currently CEO of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.  Read the full media release