Cyber-attack & data theft: Our response & service status

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 2019-2020 and the progress we made towards delivering our outcomes:

Every year we publish a report on enforcement action we have taken.

* 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 the 2019-2020 Annual Operating Plan, please see our 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:

SEPA's environmental performance 2017-2018

The Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies: Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015 requires a full climate change report to be submitted to the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN). Our 2016 report can be found on the SSN website. It covers everything from emissions data to biodiversity and procurement.

In relation to our duty to gather and use employee information, please see our People Data Report.

The work carried out to increase the diversity of the board between 2019 and 2021 is available here: Board Diversity and Seccession Planning.

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

Public sector equality duty: Scottish specific duties

On Christmas Eve, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was subject to a serious and complex cyber-attack which has significantly impacted our contact centre, internal systems, processes and communications. 

Due to the cyber-attack, SEPA has lost access to staff data and previous work on equality and human rights in the organisation. It is not possible for us to provide information on our workforce, applicants or equality work at this time.

SEPA have further been unable to publish information to fulfil the following obligations of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 by the 30 April 2021 deadline:

  • Duty to report progress on mainstreaming the equality duty
  • Duty to publish equality outcomes and report progress
  • Duty to gather and use employee information
  • Duty to publish gender pay gap information
  • Duty to publish statements on equal pay

Furthermore, we have been unable to fulfil the following obligation of the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 by the 30 April 2021 deadline:

  • Regulation 6A - use of member information (relating to gender balance of the SEPA board).

These have previously been published through our Equality Mainstreaming and Outcomes Progress Report.

SEPA takes these regulations and obligations seriously and, after discussions with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, agreed that we will publish the information relating to each of these regulations separately on our website as soon as is possible."

This is a statement of the steps that we took during 2017-2018 to promote and increase sustainable growth through the exercise of our functions:

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.

If you have any questions about our performance or require any of these publications in an alternative format, please contact us or write to us at the address below:

Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Strathallan House
Castle Business Park