Pollution Prevention and Control

Pollution to land, air and water can have serious health and environmental implications unless strictly controlled.

There is a range of regulations and strategies in place to control environmental pollution and emissions from most major industries.

Implementation of these is primarily the responsibility of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and local authorities.


Latest News

The consultation on the Transposition of Article 14(5)-(8) of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) in Scotland closed on 16 April 2014. This consultation set out proposals to transpose Article 14(5)-(8) of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) in Scotland through amendment of the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/360).


Thirteen responses were received to the consultation. Where permission was given by the respondent, these have been placed in the Scottish Government Library. All responses with permission to publish have been checked for any potentially defamatory material before being placed in the library. Arrangements to view the responses can be made by contacting the SG Library.


The consultation analysis report outlines the Scottish Government’s response to the findings of the consultation.  The draft Scottish Statutory Instrument was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 25 June 2014, together with the Final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment. The Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2014 will come into force on 30 October 2014.


In order to fully implement the requirements of the Directive, Scottish Ministers have issued Directions to SEPA with immediate effect from 4th July 2014. The Directions aim to support SEPA in being able to guide and respond to approaches from regulated businesses between now and the new Regulations coming into force on 30 October 2014.