The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, launched the Scottish Soils Website on 10/12/2013. The website aims to make “authoritative, scientifically robust soils information and data more accessible” to help decision makers and better inform the public and increase public awareness of soil. The site is the result of two year Scottish … [Continue Reading]
Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary DEFRA, has written to all English local authorities on the future of the Contaminated Land Capital Grants Scheme. In his letter, Lord de Mauley draws attention to the DEFRA Part 2A Statutory Guidance which allows Local Authorities to “focus attention of the highest-risk sites and to…dismiss lower risk sites … [Continue Reading]
As we work towards a cleaner, quieter, healthier, sustainable Scotland, Environmental Protection Scotland recognises that our land is an important national resource for agriculture, development and recreation. Through sustainable land use and effective environmental regulation, Scotland will be able to release the land’s economic potential. Environmental Protection Scotland (EPS) would encourage the use and re-use … [Continue Reading]
Over the next couple of years, SEPA are producing a series of core documents that presents a case for the benefits that can be gained by protecting different parts of Scotland’s environment, along with supporting materials to illustrate the points raised. The Making the case for the environment (MCE) series aims to demonstrate that by … [Continue Reading]
The Scottish Government, and airports, recently consulted on draft noise action plans (a requirement under the Environmental Noise Directive). The closing date for comments was the 16th December 2013. The following drafts NAPs were consulted on: Agglomerations Strategic Noise Action Plan for the Aberdeen Agglomeration Strategic Noise Action Plan for the Dundee Agglomeration Strategic Noise … [Continue Reading]
Clean Air Act Review – Call for Evidence A Call for Evidence has been launched to support a policy review of the Clean Air Act 1993 in Scotland. The Act is being reviewed with the following objectives: Updating the provisions of the Act to ensure it remains fit for purpose; Streamlining and simplifying burdens on … [Continue Reading]
The Scottish Government yesterday announced a £15 million funding package to help restore Scotland’s peatlands. Peatlands are biodiversity hotspots and are important carbon sinks, measures to protect these habitats will go some way to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.
On 4th September 2013, The Office for Low Emission Vehicles published ‘A strategy for ultra low emission vehicles in the UK‘. This has a vision that by “2050 almost every car and van in the UK will be an ultra low emission vehicle”. By 2040 every new car will be an ultra low emission vehicle … [Continue Reading]
As part of the ‘better regulation’ drive and possibly as a new element of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill currently going through Holyrood, the Scottish Government has recently consulted on proposals to rationalise regulation, including environmental and consumer / food safety and others, of business by local authorities in Scotland. Read the consultation on the … [Continue Reading]
Our new website was launched today. We will continue to update our site to give members and non-members up to date information on environmental policy, legislation and news. Our members will soon be able to share information and view publications in our Members’ Only section.
The Scottish Government are currently consulting on the Local Air Quality Management system and are inviting comments and discussion on the best way to address any shortcomings. The consultation closes on the 6th September. Environmental Protection Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Government, recently held an event on this topic. Full details are available on … [Continue Reading]
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