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Have your say with SEPA’s metals sector plan

Everyone with an interest in Scotland’s environment is being invited to have their say. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has produced their first three, Scotch Whiskey, landfill and metals.

The Metals Sector Plan sets out how, in partnership with operators and other stakeholders, SEPA seeks to transform performance of the metals sector in Scotland. 

This plan aims to:

  • ensure businesses are realising the benefits of resource efficiency;
  • ensure waste activities are compliant with regulations;
  • eradicate waste crime;
  • derive maximum value from resources circulating in the economy.

SEPA states in their metals sector plan in every sector they regulate, there are two simple aims. The first is to ensure that every regulated business fully meets their compliance obligations and the second is as many regulated businesses as possible will go beyond the compliance standards.

Successful businesses in the future will be those that use low amounts of water, materials and carbon-based energy and create little waste. Prosperous societies will be comprised of these businesses. This can be Scotland with sector plans driving this ambition forward with a plan being developed for every sector they regulate by the end of March 2021.

SEPA would like to hear what people think of their draft plans and once they are finalised they will push on and implement them. There is still time, as consultees have until the 7th May 2018 to respond to the consultation here.

Speaking at an event for all SEPA managers in Perth, Terry A’Hearn SEPA’s Chief Executive, said, “SEPA is transforming its regulatory approach in order to create a world-class environment protection agency fit for the challenges of tomorrow.

“Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance the environment. Environmental compliance is non-negotiable and our sector plans will work to ensure that every Scottish business is compliant with environmental law. We’ll also work with as many as possible to go even further as the successful businesses of tomorrow will be those who embrace the economic opportunity of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. This will help businesses to think about creating commercial success from environmental excellence.

“Sector planning will drive our regulatory approach so we want and need the widest possible range of input and review to make sure this new approach is as effective as possible. Communities across Scotland are integral to this. If you have an interest in the environment please read the consultation documents and tell us what you think”.

To read SEPA’s Metals Sector Plan click here


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