In the future, only homes and places that are built and improved within the resources of the planet will be successful and resilient. Our housing sector plan explains how we will support the sector to improve environmental performance, transition to net zero emissions, maximise resource efficiency and create high quality homes and places for the people of Scotland.
SEPA is committed to supporting regulated businesses during COVID-19 and following EU Exit. Whilst SEPA remains impacted by a complex and sophisticated cyber-attack the organisation continues to maintain protections for Scotland’s environment, communities and our people.
We recognise that the ability of operators to run their operations may be compromised.
We are clear we expect everyone we regulate to take all reasonable steps to remain in compliance with Scotland’s environmental laws. We expect operators to be actively preparing for the impacts of COVID-19, and ensuring that the impacts on the environment are minimised. We recognise, however, that in some cases operators may be unable to comply for reasons beyond their control.
Our regulatory response to COVID-19 public health emergency, the cyber-attack and EU exit can be found on our regulatory approach hub.
The plan sets out how we will regulate and work with the sector to improve environmental performance throughout the supply chain. Using our shared influence, we will support the transition to a circular economy to help maximise the long-term environmental, social and economic benefits for Scotland. It includes all types of homes and home providers - existing housing stock and associated home improvements, new build housing, plus creating and re‑shaping their surrounding places.
We regulate a wide range of activities carried out by the housing sector. These include:
We also have a number of statutory duties that directly affect the housing sector. These include our role as Scotland's national flood forecasting, flood warning and strategic flood risk management authority, our role to lead and co-ordinate river basin planning in Scotland, and wider duties in land use planning and land contamination.
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 SEPA’s own regulatory strategy, One Planet Prosperity, 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 Housing sector plan contribute towards Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.