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  1. Scottish Government at COP26: What was achieved?

    This report provides an account of the activities delivered through the Scottish Government’s COP26 programme and how that activity supported the Scottish Government’s main climate related policy aims.

  2. Scottish Natural Capital Accounts 2022

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

  3. Single-use food containers and other single-use items: call for evidence

    This call for evidence will help inform policy development on how to reduce consumption of single-use food containers and other single-use items which will in turn help the move to a more circular economy.

  4. 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.

  5. Environment strategy for Scotland: progress report

    The first annual report to Parliament on progress in developing the Environment Strategy for Scotland, as required under the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021.

  6. National Islands Plan: annual report 2021

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan.

  7. Role of incineration in the waste hierarchy - review: call for evidence

    The call for evidence seeks your views and evidence relating to the review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy.

  8. 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.

  9. Deposit Return Scheme – assurance of action plan: report – September 2021

    This is an evidence-based snapshot of the status of the Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) for Scotland programme carried out by an independent review team on 21-23 September 2021. It was performed as part of the Scottish Government’s review into the implementation timetable for DRS.

  10. Deposit Return Scheme – gateway review: report – June 2021

    This is an evidence-based snapshot of the status of the Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) for Scotland programme carried out by an independent review team on 14-16 June 2021. It was performed as part of the Scottish Government’s review into the implementation timetable for DRS.

  11. National litter and flytipping consultation: fairer Scotland duty assessment

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment (FSDA) for the proposed actions for the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

  12. National litter and flytipping consultation: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the proposed actions for the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

  13. National litter and flytipping: consultation

    This consultation proposes potential actions to tackle litter and flytipping in Scotland. Responses to this consultation will inform the development of the final National Litter and Flytipping Strategy which will be published in early 2022.

  14. National litter and flytipping consultation: strategic environmental assessment

    Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the proposed actions for the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

  15. National litter and flytipping consultation: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the proposed actions for the National and Litter Flytipping Strategy.

  16. National litter and flytipping consultation: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Partial business and regulatory assessment (BRIA) for the proposed actions for the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

  17. 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.

  18. River basin management plans - silage, slurry and liquid digestate – storage and application: consultation analysis

    Analysis of a consultation on the storage and application of silage, slurry and liquid digestate held from 12 January 2021 to 13 April 2021.

  19. Single-Use Plastics Regulations: draft guidance

    Draft guidance for the implementation of the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations). A final version will be produced before the Regulations come into force on 1 June 2022.

  20. 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).

  21. Spreading of sewage sludge to land - impacts on human health and environment (CR/2016/23): project summary

    This is the project summary 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).

  22. 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).

  23. 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).

  24. 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).

  25. 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.

  26. Marine assessment 2020: headlines and next steps - booklet

    The Headlines and Next Steps booklet is a summary of Scotland's Marine Assessment 2020. It presents summaries of the already published detailed assessments.

  27. Water environment: legislation

    A list of all legislation relating to the water environment in Scotland.

  28. National Planning Framework 4 - improving air quality outcomes: research

    Research findings on improving air quality outcomes that will help inform policy development for National Planning Framework 4.

  29. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: equalities impact assessment

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

  30. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) for the draft new air quality strategy for Scotland.

  31. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: environmental report

    An Environmental Report to assess the likely significant environmental impacts of the new air quality strategy.

  32. 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.

  33. Cleaner Air for Scotland - air quality public attitudes and behaviour: summary report

    Review of the existing evidence on public attitudes and behaviour related to air pollution to inform the draft of the new Cleaner Air for Scotland (CAFS) strategy.

  34. Cleaner Air for Scotland – air quality public attitudes and behaviour: final report

    Review of the existing evidence on public attitudes and behaviour related to air pollution to inform the draft of the new Cleaner Air for Scotland (CAFS) strategy.

  35. Preventing plastic pollution from pellet loss: supply chain approach

    Reducing the risk of plastic pellet loss, particularly during transfer along the supply chain.

  36. Marine plastic pollution: research

    Research on the plastic value chain in Scotland to better understand this landscape and the potential for intervention to address marine plastic pollution.

  37. Developing Scotland's circular economy: consultation on proposals for legislation

    We are seeking your views on proposed legislation for the circular economy bill and secondary legislation.

  38. Circular Economy Bill proposals: partial EQIA

    Partial equalities impact assessment (EQIA) on proposed legislation for the circular economy bill.

  39. Circular Economy Bill proposals: partial BRIA

    Accompanying partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for 'Delivering Scotland's circular economy: proposals for legislation'.

  40. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target report: 2017

    This report, required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, provides detail on Scotland's annual climate change emissions reduction targets.

  41. Rates relief for retailers

    First Minister announces support for shops tackling throwaway culture.

  42. Single-use disposable cups: response to EPECOM recommendations

    Our response to the first set of recommendations from the Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures (EPECOM) on single-use disposable beverage cups, and details of actions that we will take to deliver them.

  43. Disposable cup charging

    New legislation to help tackle reliance on single-use items.

  44. Scottish emissions of air pollutants 2017

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  45. Prevalence of CO2 from disused mineral mines and the implications for residential buildings: research

    In 2017 the NHS Lothian Incident Management Team investigated reported cases of ill health affecting residents of a recently built local authority housing estate. This research is looking for similar incidents and considers implications for building standards.

  46. Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy: independent review

    Conclusions and recommendations from the independent review of the Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy.

  47. Handling of waste: amendment to legislation: consultation

    Consultation on extending the power of Scottish Ministers to direct the holder of a permit issued under the PPC Regulations 2012 to accept and keep, or accept and treat or dispose of, controlled waste at specified places and on specified terms.

  48. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions 2017

    Estimates of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland for the years 1990 to 2017.

  49. Deposit Return Scheme

    Ambitious scheme design takes shape.

  50. Air Departure Tax reduction in Scotland: noise impact assessment

    Potential impact on noise levels of our plans to reduce the overall burden of Air Departure Tax (ADT) by 50%.

  51. Environmental principles and governance after Brexit: consultation

    We are seeking to gather evidence on future arrangements for the application of EU environmental principles and for environmental governance in Scotland, in the event that the UK exits the EU.

  52. Chemicals: registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction - notification to the Scottish Parliament

    Notification about deficiencies in legislation due to EU exit in the event of a 'no deal' scenario, and proposed amendments to ensure the law continues to operate.

  53. Waste (miscellaneous issues 2): notification to the Scottish Parliament

    Notification about deficiencies in legislation due to EU exit in the event of a 'no deal' scenario, and proposed amendments to ensure the law continues to operate.

  54. National low emission framework

    Methodology for local authorities to undertake air quality assessment through the National Low Emission Framework (NLEF) to inform decisions on transport-related actions.

  55. Tackling air pollution

    Review of Clean Air for Scotland announced.

  56. Draft noise action plans: consultation

    The European Noise Directive (END) was adopted in 2004 and requires member states to bring about measures which are intended to avoid, prevent or reduce noise on a prioritised area basis.

  57. Ban of plastic-stemmed cotton buds: consultation response

    Summary of responses to the Scottish Government's proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds.

  58. Ban on manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds: proposal

    A consultation to gather views from stakeholders on the introduction of a ban on the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in Scotland.

  59. Cleaner Air for Scotland

    New members help to strengthen governance group

  60. Responses to Low Emission Zone (LEZ) consultation now analysed

  61. Air quality: minister's statement

    Cabinet Secretary for Environment Roseanna Cunningham addresses the Scottish Parliament on the issue of air quality and low-emission zones.

  62. Air quality: legislation

    A list of all legislation relating to air quality in Scotland.

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