Environmental compliance of Scottish business exceeds 90% for third year in a row

09 October 2018

Article: 52/4007

Statistics detailing the environmental performance of Scottish regulated businesses and other organisations in 2017 have been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The results recorded that 90.97% of sites were regarded as ‘excellent’, ‘good’ or ‘broadly compliant’.

A key part of SEPA’s regulatory strategy, ‘One planet prosperity’, is to drive all businesses not yet meeting standards into full compliance with the environmental laws in Scotland. SEPA’s Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS) rates an operator’s environmental performance against their licence conditions. The annual results enable SEPA to take a targeted approach which focuses on high risk operations and under-performing sites more frequently than compliant or low risk activities.

The environmental performance of Scotch whisky remains one of the nation’s highest achieving sectors with over 90% compliance for the fourth year in a row. Of the 172 licences assessed in 2017 for water abstraction, water discharges and effluent quality standards, 162 accomplished ‘excellent’, ‘good’ and ‘broadly compliant’ ratings, bringing the overall compliance in the sector to 94.19% for the calendar year.

Source: SEPA, 5 October 2018