Expert Advisory Groups
Our varied and extensive membership from across regulators, industry, academia and legal professionals allows us to form Expert Advisory Groups to provide impartial policy analysis on air quality, land quality, noise and emerging issues. We look at all issues affected by these main areas: public health, climate change, planning, legislation and energy.
Our Expert Advisory Groups (EAGs) meets quarterly providing continuity for the environmental community through developing seminars and conferences that share best practice and innovative ideas. They critically analysis EU, UK and Scottish Government policies based on sound science and impartiality, and allow our members an input into policy direction.
Taking our member’s opinions into account, the EAGs take the lead in responding to consultations ensuring a consistent voice is heard.
The quality of air we breathe has improved considerably since the smogs of previous decades however there is still much to do particularly in improving air quality in our city centres.
Our Air Quality EAG aims to promote integrated policies and practices that reduce the negative effects of air pollution and greenhouse gases on human health and the environment. Our current focus is on particulate matter and the role of Local Air Quality Management in Scotland.
Due to our industrial heritage there are sites throughout Scotland affected by human activities such as mining, oil and gas, waste disposal and the chemical industry. Getting these ‘Brownfield Land’ areas suitable for residential use requires practitioners work together to improve land quality and remove pollutant linkages.
Our Land Quality EAG is action focused and aims to encourage the use, and reuse, of land ensuring that human health and the environment are protected. By providing continuity, the EAG promotes a better understanding of land quality and policy to the public and regulators.
Noise policy has close links to other environmental areas and our Scottish Noise Advisory Group (SNAG) covers issues such as the effects of noise on human health, anti-social behaviour, planning, noise nuisance, the implementation of the European Noise Directive to mitigate transport noise and to protect quiet areas.
Currently SNAG is focussing on developing best practice to manage neighbourhood noise, developing a policy that will ensure that the impacts of renewable energy infrastructure are minimised e.g. domestic wind turbines and air-source heat pumps.
SNAG provides the lead in Scotland for Noise Action Week.
From fracking to 3D printing, new contaminants to environmental synergies, EPS will horizon scan looking for potential impacts on the environment.
We value input from our members in what they feel the most important emerging issue is.