How we regulate

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As Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, we regulate activities that could lead to pollution or environmental damage.

We protect and improve Scotland's environment in a number of ways. These include helping regulated operators and individuals to understand and comply with environmental regulations and to realise the many economic and social benefits of good environmental practice.

This approach benefits the environment, the economy and communities, and means we can focus our resources (including our enforcement powers) on tackling the most important environmental issues.

Our responsibilities include regulating:

We have just launched our new regulatory strategy, One Planet Prosperity, outlining how we will deliver the new approach to regulation that has been introduced by the better environmental regulation programme.

Guidance and information

We also provide guidance, support and information for anyone considering environmental matters within their business:

Contact us

If you have any questions or require any further information or advice on any aspect of regulation, please contact us.