One Planet Prosperity - Our Regulatory Strategy

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As a society we are over-using our planet’s resources. If everyone lived as we do in Scotland, we would need three planets to sustain ourselves. In the 21st century and beyond, only those businesses that operate in harmony with our one planet will thrive.

Everyday SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland's environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resourcesof our planet. We call this One Planet Prosperity.  

We’re changing today, creating a world-class environment protection agency fit for the challenges of tomorrow.  See our CEO, Terry A'Hearn, talk about this new mindset below.

How does One Planet Prosperity affect regulation?

Environmental compliance is non-negotiable. Every Scottish business will comply with the law, and we’ll work to ensure as many as possible will go even further.  Compliance has not, and will not change. The One Planet Prosperity approach does not alter any of the environmental regulations businesses must adhere to or how we enforce them but it does change our approach to regulation.

We firmly believe that working with businesses to go beyond compliance is the best way to deliver the ambitious goals of One Planet Prosperity.

What is beyond compliance?

We're clear that environmental compliance is non-negotiable. Every Scottish business will comply with the law, and we’ll work to ensure as many as possible will go even further.  Going beyond compliance is voluntary.  SEPA will support Scottish businesses who recognise the environmental, economic and social benefitsof enbracing volunatary beyond compliance opportunities such as developing sustainable business practices or innovating across supply chains.

Sustainable Growth Agreements are one way to foster beyond compliance ambitions and implementation from regulated businesses, another is through sector planning.

You can find One Planet Prosperity case studies, showcasing beyond compliance regulation in action, below.

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Scotch Whisky and renewable energy

 

 

 

 

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Salmon on the River Garry