Present: R Robertson (S.Govt), S Bygrave
(UKPIA), , I Norton (SWA), P Loggie (NFUS), M Garden (SWA) , R
Christie (SP) , P Smith (NP), S Freeland (SESA), J Shaw (SEPA), J
Burns (SEPA), I Halliday (SEPA), N Donnelly (SEPA), Allan Reid
(SEPA), Don Mackay (SEPA), I Stewart (CIA), Neil Billingham
(FSB), (B Martin (Scot Eng), Keith Morrison (SP), Christine
Regulatory Review Group – Allan Reid (SEPA)
The Scottish Government charged Professor
Russell Griggs to consider the regulatory burden on industry and to
report to Cabinet during summer 2008. An outcome of this report was
the formation of the Regulatory Review Group who are a small group
made up of industrial representatives, regulators and Government.
The RRG are piloting a project covering 10 sites which are
regulated under a range of regimes which will endeavour to improve
regulation in relation to business burden.
Issues previously identified through the
Stakeholder Mtgs have been fed into the ongoing work of the
Allan kindly offered to return to future Stakeholder Group Mtgs
to report on progress with this project.
Industrial Emissions Directive Update – Ian
The introduction of the IED will merge and
simplify several existing Directives and consequently the workload
is significant. Consultation generated 533 proposed amendments
which were then reduced to 63 before being grouped into “Blocks”
which were voted upon in Jan 2009. A key issue in development of
the IED is the proposed introduction of emission limits as BAT AEL
which will be developed as part of the Bref process.
The EU Presidency hope to achieve agreement by
June 2009 however there are still ongoing discussions with
stakeholder groups covering a variety of areas.
A link will be provided to the agreed
amendments in the IED. Pls see the following:- www.sepa.org.uk/air/process_industry_regulation/proposed_ie_ippc_directive.aspx
A link to the Bref notes will be provided.
Please see the following :- http://eippcb.jrc.es/reference
Charging Scheme Review Update – John Shaw
A consultation on proposals to link the
Charging Scheme Review to the proposed compliance scheme was issued
on 26 January 2009 with a closing date of 20 April 2009.
The target implementation date for this review
is June 2009.
As with the compliance scheme it is intended
that the charging scheme will be phased in to allow sites to
initially identify likely costs prior to these costs being
A review of the compliance scheme will be
provided towards the end of 2009.
Following a presentation from John Burns on Stage 1 & 2 of
the charging scheme review project the Stakeholder Group agreed
that the project was completed and could be closed. John
Burns thanked the Stakeholder Group for their input to the
development of Stage 1 & 2 which had benefited the scheme
Carbon Reduction Commitment – Don Mackay
CRC is a mandatory climate change and energy
saving scheme for the UK. It is a central part of the UK’s strategy
for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions. CRC is based upon an organisation not a site, as such
this scheme will take up the 10% of emissions not yet covered by
EUETS or CCA.
The scheme is scheduled to start in April 2010
and potential applicants are advised to pre-register with DECC to
ensure that they receive information as it is developed.
Currently SEPA is not empowered to regulate this activity
however the Scottish Government have an ongoing consultation which
closes on 22 May 2009 aimed at addressing this deficiency.