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SEPA publishes Housing Sector Plan

Plan shows how SEPA will regulate and work with the sector to improve environmental performance throughout its supply chain, following consultation earlier this year.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published its plan for how it will regulate and work with the sector to improve environmental performance throughout its supply chain, following consultation earlier this year.

Published alongside plans for a range of sectors, SEPA has set out how it will approach regulation, with the overall aim of “helping Scotland prosper within the means of our one planet”.

The sector plans mark a change in SEPA’s approach to regulation, by working across whole sectors, rather than focusing on different sets of rules to protect the environment. Its new approach is to “move beyond compliance”, supporting businesses and sectors to be ambitious and innovative in their approach to sustainability, rather than just doing what they are obligated to do.

The plan links with key policies and frameworks, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes Framework, Place Principle and Energy Efficient Scotland Routemap.

Alongside details on the actions, SEPA will take to regulate non-compliance in specific areas related to housing, e.g. energy and land, the plan includes examples of existing good practice across the sector alongside SEPA’s ideas on opportunities where the housing sector can go ‘beyond compliance’.

Please visit SEPA’s website to read its full plan for the housing sector.