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Consideration of Climatic Factors within Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

DescriptionProvides guidance on the consideration of climatic factors within strategic environmental assessment.
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2010
Website Publication DateMarch 19, 2010


It is important to acknowledge that much of the drafting of this guidance, prior to submission to the Scottish Government, was down to officials from SEPA. These officials formed and lead a small but diverse steering group to help develop this guidance. The steering group was comprised of individuals from private, voluntary and public organisations and included; SEPA, SNH, Historic Scotland, Transport Scotland, WWF, Halcrow and Scottish Government. The time and effort that these individuals volunteered in the preparation of this guidance is much appreciate, especially those individuals from SEPA who had to draft the guidance and co-ordinate the material produced by the steering group.

ISBN 978 0 7559 7874 8 (Web only publication)

This document is also available in pdf format (500k)


1 Introduction
2 Climate Change Background
3 Scotland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions
4 Climate Change Impacts - Observed Trends Across Scotland
5 UK Climate Projections
6 Climate Change Impacts and Consequences
7 Considering Climate Change at Different Stages Within SEA Process
8 Screening
9 Scoping
10 Assessment
11 Adoption and Monitoring

Appendix 1 Potential Impacts and Consequences of Climate Change on Scotland
Appendix 2 Climate Change Legislation and Policy
Appendix 3 Further information sources