Pollution prevention and control

The Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Regulations permit and regulate many industrial activities that may pollute our environment. The fundamental philosophy behind the regulations is that environmental issues should be addressed in an integrated way in order to achieve the highest level of environmental protection.

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (PPC 2012) came into force on 7 January 2013. The PPC 2012 regulations implement the requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) as well as consolidating the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (PPC 2000) which had been amended 25 times. Directions have been issued to SEPA by the Scottish Government on access to information relating to PPC applications.

The 2012 regulations were amended by the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 which largely transpose the requirements of Articles 14(5) to (8) of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

From 7 January 2014 the PPC 2012 regulations expand the requirements on installations that currently hold a Part A permit. The regulations aim to remove ambiguities and inconsistencies, ensure clearer environmental benefits, promote cost-effectiveness and encourage technological innovation. There are very few changes affecting PPC Part B permit holders.

Existing Permits

PPC 2000 continues to apply to existing permits until 7 January 2014.  If you wish to apply for a variation to your permit or to transfer or surrender your permit please use our existing forms.

New permits

If you wish to apply for a permit for a new installation please use the PPC 2012 application form.

Guidance is available in our practical guide and guide to applicants, this guidance will be updated for the new regulations but should still be useful for new applicants.

There is other guidance that may be relevant to your application.

PPC 2012 for operators carrying out new 2015 activities

PPC 2012 introduces new activities to regulation under Pollution Prevention and Control. Those installations that were already operating by 7 January 2013 must obtain a permit by 7 July 2015.

Please note that the table below is intended as a guide and that the description in schedule 1 of the PPC 2012 regulations should be read in full in order to establish the activity.

Description IED section PPC 2012 section subsection
Gasification/liquefaction of fuel (not coal) >20MW 1.4 (b) 1.2A(d)  
Biological production of chemicals 4.1 – 4.6 4.1A – 4.6A  
Disposal of non-hazardous waste>50 tonnes 5.3(a) 5.4A(a) (iii) pre treatment prior to incineration
      (iv) treatment of slags & ashes
      (v) metal shredding
Recovery & disposal of non-hazardous waste >75tonnes/day 5.3(b) 5.4A(b) (i) biological treatment (composting)
      (ii) incineration pre-treatment
      (iii) slag & ashes
      (iv) metal shredding
      Anaerobic Digestion >100 tonnes/day
Temp storage of haz waste  >50 tonnes 5.5 5.6A(a)  
Underground storage of hazardous waste 5.6 5.6A(b)  
Manufacture of wood panels >600m3/day 6.1(c) 6.1A(c) (NB existing from PPC2000)  
Food & drink production 6.4(b) 6.8A(d)

(ii) vegetable production – based on production capacity 300 tonnes per day

(ii) vegetable production – seasonal production threshold 600 tonnes per day

(iii)animal & vegetable production together – sliding threshold scale
Wood preservation >75m3/day      
Independently operated  WWTP discharged by ch2 activity      

A timetable of 2015 installations can be found here.