SEPA’s general purpose, as established by section 51 of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, is to carry out the functions conferred on it for the purpose of protecting and improving the environment (including managing resources in a sustainable way).
SEPA must, except to the extent that it would be inconsistent with that purpose to do so, contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland and achieving sustainable economic growth.
This purpose reflects the broader role SEPA now has and the importance of the environment to Scotland’s economy and health and wellbeing of our communities.
SEPA’s purpose has also been designed to mirror the three pillars of sustainable development, giving primacy to the environmental pillar, as we feel is right and proper for Scotland’s principal environmental regulator.
The Scottish Ministers gave statutory guidance to SEPA on its statutory purpose and contribution to sustainable development in March 2015.