Dairy processing sector plan
Dairy processing turns Scottish farm produce into products that are sold in domestic and export markets. It has a good record of compliance with environmental protection laws. We want to ensure this solid compliance performance is entrenched throughout the sector's operations and that we play a role in supporting the sector to unlock potential beyond compliance opportunities. Our sector plan sets out how we will do this, working with the sector and supply chains to help deliver shared improvements across the landscape, and supporting innovations that reduce water use, energy use and waste.
Regulation and guidance
Not all dairy processing sites are required by law to be licenced by SEPA. However, larger sites that process more than 200 tonnes of raw milk per day are regulated under section 6.8 of Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (PPC), and required to use best available techniques (BAT) to reduce potential environmental impacts from their sites.
We also regulate a number of sites for abstractions from, and discharges to, the water environment under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities)(Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR).
Other relevant regulations and guidance that may apply to dairy processing sites include:
- Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2011;
- Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007;
- Duty of care;
- European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 (ESOS);
- Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2015 and Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations 2015.
Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the First Minister pledged that Scotland would lead the way to deliver a more equal, more just world, by signing Scotland up to the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. These global goals give us the framework to achieve real change, from eradicating poverty to ensuring a good home for us all. This vision is underpinned by Our Approach to Regulation, which aims to deliver environmental protection and improvement in ways which help communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet.
Scotland’s businesses have a critical role to play in leading Scotland’s contribution to achieving SDGs. Through our sector plans, we have identified opportunities that will work towards achieving the goals and help realise the economic benefit of increased resource efficiency, innovation and resilience.
The actions set out in the Dairy processing sector plan contribute towards Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.