Forestry and wood processing sector plan
The environmental impacts from forestry production and wood processing can vary across the supply chain. Our sector plan sets out how we are going to work with the sector to deliver regulatory compliance. Opportunities exist to promote good forestry practices and showcase exemplar sites and technological enhancements that help the sector prosper within the means of one planet. The plan focuses on how SEPA can maximise influence to encourage and support innovative thinking and sector creativity, support the Scottish Government’s ambitious planting targets and be part of the sustainable land use solution.
Regulation and guidance
SEPA regulates a wide range of activities with the forestry and wood processing sector. The sector plan sets out SEPA’s regulatory role; how compliance will be achieved and actions to work with partners who volunteer to go beyond compliance. Key regulations and legislation include:
- Water Environment (Controlled Activities)(Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR) - covers forestry planting, ground preparation, quarrying, road construction, culverting, chemical and fertiliser applications, engineering activities, and oil storage.
- Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (WML) and Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA) - covers discarded equipment, machinery, tyres, plastics, containers, tree guards, planting bags and refuse that is collected and transported to an authorised site.
- Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 - covers processes above specified thresholds including wood based panel manufacturers, sawmills, pulp and paper manufacturing and timber treatment sites.
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 Forestry and wood processing sector plan contribute towards Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.