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Environmental assessment

  1. Feasibility of extending SeabORD to the entire breeding season: study

    SeabORD is a method that can assess displacement and barrier effects from offshore renewables on seabirds, but is currently limited to four species during the chick-rearing season. This review examined ways to improve the SeabORD model including extending to the entire breeding season.

  2. Fish and fisheries research to inform ScotMER evidence gaps and future strategic research in the UK: review

    This study undertook a literature review and consultation with key stakeholders to establish current knowledge for evidence gaps identified in the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries evidence map. This report includes research recommendations to help fill remaining strategic priority gaps.

  3. Offshore wind developments assessment - seabird collision risk, displacement and barrier effects: study

    This project developed a new framework to enable the assessment of collision, displacement and barrier effects on seabirds from offshore renewable developments to be integrated into a single overall assessment of combined impacts.

  4. Assessing fisheries displacement by other licensed marine activities: good practice guidance

    This project developed ‘Good Practice Guidance for Assessing Fisheries Displacement’ through a detailed literature review and consultation with the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Receptor Group (FFSRG), commercial fisheries industry, offshore energy and regulatory sectors.

  5. Assessing fisheries displacement by other licensed marine activities: good practice guidance - literature review

    This project developed ‘Good Practice Guidance for Assessing Fisheries Displacement’ through a detailed literature review and consultation with the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Receptor Group (FFSRG), commercial fisheries industry, offshore energy and regulatory sectors.

  6. Develop best practice recommendations for combining seabird study data collected from different platforms: study

    This study developed best practice guidance to combine seabird survey data collected from different platforms based on a literature review, expert knowledge and a bespoke model development including sensitivity analysis. This can be used in environmental assessments for planning and licensing.

  7. Improving Our Understanding of Seabird Behaviour at Sea

    This project collated tracking data from five seabird species thought to be vulnerable to offshore wind farms. These data were analysed to understand whether seabird distribution data, usually undertaken in daytime, good weather conditions, were representative of behaviour in other conditions.

  8. Impact of climate change on seabird species off the east coast of Scotland and potential implications for environmental assessments: study

    This study investigated the potential impacts of climate change on seabird distribution, abundance and demography off the east coast of Scotland, and examined integration of these climate models into standard population forecast models used in assessments for offshore wind developments.

  9. Electricity Act 1989 - section 36 applications: guidance for applicants on using the design envelope

    Guidance from Marine Scotland and the Energy Consents Unit on using the design envelope approach for applications under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 where flexibility is required in applications.

  10. Response to the Climate Change Committee: progress reducing emissions – report to Parliament 2021

    In December 2021, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its annual report on progress in reducing emissions in Scotland, assessing the government’s climate change mitigation activity. This report addresses the CCC’s recommendations.

  11. Climate Change Plan: monitoring reports 2022

    The second annual statutory monitoring report against the updated 2018 Climate Change Plan, as per the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  12. Stop, Sort, Burn, Bury - incineration in the waste hierarchy: independent review

    Report and supporting documents relating to the Independent Review of the Role of Incineration in the Waste Hierarchy in Scotland.

  13. Scottish Natural Capital Accounts 2022

    This report estimates quantity and value of services supplied by Scotland's natural capital.

  14. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  15. Marine proposed Special Protection Areas strategic environmental assessment: post adoption statement

    A strategic environmental assessment post adoption statement setting out how the assessment and consultation responses have been taken into account in the introduction of Special Protection Areas.

  16. A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Strategic Environmental Assessment Addendum

    This document is a revised SEA Addendum setting out the environmental impacts of DRS under the new go-live date. On 14 December 2021, the Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity announced that the Scottish Government would seek to amend the full implementation date for DRS to 16 August 2023.

  17. A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Final Business Regulatory Impact Assessment

    This document is a revised version of the final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) published by the Scottish Government on 16/03/20. It reflects changes made to the design of DRS by The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Amendment Regulations 2022 laid in Parliament on 15/12/21.

  18. Scotland's Climate Assembly - recommendations for action: SG response

    Scotland's Climate Assembly published their full report on 23 June 2021. It included 81 recommendations for the Scottish Government, who had six months to respond. This response sets out the existing and proposed actions that government will take in order to address their recommendations.

  19. Guiding principles on the environment: draft statutory guidance

    Draft statutory guidance on the guiding principles on the environment and the duties set out in Part 2 of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021.

  20. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: islands communities impact assessment - final

    Islands communities impact assessment considering whether the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 have an effect on island communities significantly different to other communities in Scotland.

  21. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: equality impact assessment - final

    We published a partial equality impact assessment during the public consultation on the introduction of market restrictions on problematic single-use items in Scotland, which took place between 12/10/202 and 04/01/2021. This EQIA expands that work with additional research, data, and evidence.

  22. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: strategic environmental assessment - post adoption statement

    A report on how we have taken environmental considerations, the Environmental Report and consultation findings into account when finalising the The Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

  23. Sewage sludge: odour emissions assessment

    This report is part of the research project undertaken by the James Hutton Institute on the impacts on human health and environment arising from the spreading of sewage sludge to land (CR/2016/23).

  24. Spreading of sewage sludge to land - impacts on human health and the environment: community concerns

    This workshop summary report is part of the research project undertaken by the James Hutton Institute on the impacts on human health and environment arising from the spreading of sewage sludge to land (CR/2016/23).

  25. Sewage sludge processing systems in Scotland

    This report on sewage sludge processing systems is part of the research project undertaken by the James Hutton Institute on the impacts on human health and environment arising from the spreading of sewage sludge to land (CR/2016/23).

  26. Potentially hazardous agents in land-applied sewage sludge: human health risk assessment

    This report on the risks to human health is part of the research project undertaken by the James Hutton Institute on the impacts on human health and environment arising from the spreading of sewage sludge to land (CR/2016/23).

  27. Renewable heat target and action: 2021 update

    An update on the progress toward meeting the target of 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources by 2020.

  28. Fossil fuel energy sector overseas - trade promotion support: policy

    Information about the Scottish Government policy on trade promotion support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas.

  29. Heat in Buildings Strategy - achieving net zero emissions in Scotland's buildings

    Sets out our vision for the future of heat in buildings, and the actions we are taking in the buildings sector to deliver our climate change commitments, maximise economic opportunities, and ensure a just transition, including helping address fuel poverty.

  30. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy pilots: phase 3 - evaluation

    Evaluation of the third, and final, phase of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilots, which involved nine local authorities and took place between November 2019 and April 2021.

  31. Decarbonising heating - economic impact: report

    This report considers the potential economic impacts arising from a shift towards low carbon heating technologies in Scotland, over the period to 2030.

  32. Climate change - Net Zero Nation: public engagement strategy

    Sets out our overarching framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero nation which is prepared for the effects of our changing climate.

  33. Implementation of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) school coordinators - strategic environmental assessment pre-screening

    A strategic environmental assessment (SEA) pre-screening notification on the implementation of DYW school coordinators.

  34. Ascribing sentience to animals and case study of the evidence for sentience in cephalopods: Scottish Animal Welfare Commission report

    Scottish Animal Welfare Commission report on the principles for ascribing sentience to animals and case study of the evidence for sentience in cephalopods.

  35. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 implementation: report to the Scottish Parliament - 2020

    Report detailing progress of the work carried out in 2020 through the implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

  36. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 - Towards a Better Place for Everyone

    A new air quality strategy to replace Cleaner Air for Scotland - The Road to a Healthier Future, setting out the Scottish Government's air quality policy framework for the next five years and a series of actions to deliver further air quality improvements.

  37. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: delivery plan

    A plan setting out timelines, milestones and responsible organisations for delivering the actions in Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: towards a better place for everyone.

  38. Land use - getting the best from our land: strategy 2021 to 2026

    Scotland's Third Land Use Strategy sets out our vision, objectives and policies to achieve sustainable land use. The strategy covers the next five years and aims to provide a more holistic understanding of our land, the demands we place upon it and the benefits we get from our land.

  39. Cleaner air for Scotland review: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft new air quality strategy for Scotland.

  40. A New Future for Scotland's Town Centres

    In June 2020 we launched an independent collaborative review of the progress and scope of the 2013 Town Centre Action Plan. The Review group was asked to build on our town centre first approach and develop a refreshed vision for our towns and the means to achieve it.

  41. Environment, natural resources and agriculture research - draft strategy: consultation

    Consultation on a draft strategy for the next cycle of research on the environment, natural resources and agriculture which starts in 2022. 

  42. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: equalities impact assessment

    Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA) for the draft new air quality strategy for Scotland.

  43. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: consultation

    Consultation on a draft new air quality strategy for Scotland, taking into account the recommendations arising from the independent review of the Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy.

  44. SEA screening determinations: October 2019 to December 2020

    List of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening determinations issued by the Planning and Architecture Division in October 2019 to December 2020.

  45. Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018: process for considering third party representations

    Ministers are keen to ensure communities are engaged in environmental decision-making, and this policy statement sets out the circumstances under which third parties may ask Ministers to determine EAR applications.

  46. Planning Circular 1/2017: Environmental Impact Assessment regulations

    Guidance on The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.

  47. Strategic Environmental Assessment: integrating an ecosystems approach

    Information note providing advice on how an ecosystems approach can be integrated into Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

  48. Strategic Environmental Assessment: screening template

    Form and guidance for undertaking and submitting a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

  49. Strategic Environmental Assessment: pre-screening template

    Form and guidance for pre-screening for a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

  50. Habitats Regulations Appraisal databank: guidance

    Guidance notes for users of the Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) databank.

  51. Strategic Environmental Assessment: guidance

    Scottish Government guidance on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

  52. Habitats Regulations Appraisal - development plans: advice sheets

    Guidance on HRA and development plans.

  53. Environmental impact assessment regulations: a guide

    A user's guide to the environmental impact assessment regulations.

  54. Consideration of climatic factors within Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

    Guidance on the consideration of climatic factors within Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), developed by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

  55. Strategic Environmental Assessment: basic introduction

    A basic introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

  56. Planning Advice Note 1/2010: Strategic environmental assessment of development plans

    Planning Advice Note (PAN) 1/2010 advises how the requirements of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 can be met within the development planning process.

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