Sepa launches new regulatory strategy
A new strategy by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency aims to take businesses beyond regulatory compliance and target wider issues such as climate change and overuse of resources.
The original reason for creating environment protection agencies had been largely accomplished and they must now also help society tackle wider environmental issues, the regulator said in its strategy document.
Although there were still improvements to be made on reducing pollution, Sepa said it wants to draw up sustainable growth agreements (SGAs) with industry leaders. These would focus on practical actions that both improve environmental performance and business success, it said.
It is also planning to use new powers granted by the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 to streamline charging and develop new enforcement powers.
Despite a ...