Our performance

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We plan the work we will deliver each year and regularly monitor, review and report on our performance in a variety of formats.

We plan the work we will deliver each year and regularly monitor, review and report on our performance in a variety of formats.

As a publicly-funded agency, we are required to publish our plans and report to the Scottish Government and the Scottish public on our performance.

We explain our priorities in a five year Corporate Plan and break them down into annual priorities in our Annual Operating Plan.

We monitor progress against the Annual Operating Plan via a series of quarterly corporate and annual performance reports during the year. We included a number of performance measures in the Annual Operating Plan and the quarterly reports show our progress in achieving the targets set by these performance measures. These measures are described in more detail in our explanations document:

We produce a range of reports that explain how well we are delivering our priorities:

Read about our achievements during 2021-2022 and the progress we made towards delivering our outcomes:

Every year we publish a report on enforcement action we have taken. In 2018 we moved to a regulation report that summarised our compliance and enforcement activities.

* Supplementary data for the 2016-17 report is also available from the enforcement pages.

To see how we progressed against our performance measures in the 2022-2023 Annual Operating Plan, please see our latest Corporate Performance Report below:

Find out how well we are meeting our Public Bodies Climate Change Duties and keeping pace with our targets to improve our own sustainability:

This sets out our current position and our commitment to fully embed equality as a key component of our business:

Find out about our expenditure, purchasing and employee remuneration. In addition, this report contains details about partnership working and steps we have taken to improve efficiency, effectiveness and economy:

Quarterly reports on performance are also included in our quarterly Board reports.

We also report on SEPA’s Procurement activity, this provides information on our revenue and capital expenditure for the year. 

SEPA is proud to support the social impact pledge. The Pledge asks public sector organisations across Scotland to commit to increasing their social impact.

SEPA is required by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to produce an annual report on participation requests it has received in the year 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Our Regenerative SEPA Routemap 2022-2024 provides more detail about our goal, our targets and how we plan to achieve them.

Environmental Protection

Notice is hereby given that SEPA, after consultation with the consultation authorities, has made a determination under Section 8(1) of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, that its Corporate Plan 2024-2027 is unlikely to have significant environmental effects. Therefore, the plan will not be subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Supporting documents:

SEA Screening - Corporate Plan 2024-2027 - Notice of determination 

SEA - Corporate Plan 2024-2027 - Screening Report 10 October 2023

SEA - Corporate Plan 2024-2027 - Nature Scot screening response 

SEA - Corporate Plan 2024-2027 - Historic Environment Scotland screening response

If you have any questions about our performance or require any of these publications in an alternative format, please contact us.