Consultation on proposal for new Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2018

Closes 3 Nov 2017

Opened 14 Aug 2017

Overview

This consultation presents the details of the planned changes outlined in the 2015 Charging Scheme consultation (2015 Consultation) to further develop the Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2016 (the Scheme) which came into force on 1 April 2016.   We proposed that the revised Scheme should come into effect on 1 April 2018.

There are four main types of changes that we are proposing:

  • Planned implementation of 2015 consultation proposals.   The Scheme outlined in the 2015 Consultation represented such a major transformation in the way we calculated charges that we planned a staged implementation of certain parts of the Scheme for 2018. We are now presenting detailed proposals for the implementation of these changes.  We are not consulting on the principle of making these changes as they have already been subject to consultation.  We are consulting on the details of how we should calculate the charges.
  • Changes resulting from consultation responses.  Changes proposed in the 2015 consultation response to suggested improvements set out by respondees. We are consulting on the principle of making these changes and on the details of how we should calculate the charges.
  • Changes proposed by SEPA. We have identified some improvements to the scheme as a result of the experience of operating the scheme since 2016.  We are also introducing changes that result from changes in statute or policy. We are consulting on the principle of making these changes and on the details of how we should calculate the charges.
  • Routine updating.  We have updated the data upon which the scheme is constructed. We are not consulting on these updates as they are within the scope of the original Scheme.

We have written to every operator to provide indicative charges under the proposed scheme over the next 3 years.  We have also provided a unique logon to a tool which will allow operators to see how charges have been calcuated and the impact at a licence and overall level.  The Link to the tool has now been published (28/8/17) and is given here (link). 

We are going to set up workshops with sectors using existing contacts with trade associations so we can better understand views on the changes. This is planned for the end of the consultation period.

This consultation closes on 3 November 2017.

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Distilling
  • Hydropower
  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Fisheries
  • Industry
  • Landowners/ managers
  • Forestry
  • Aquaculture
  • SEPA Staff
  • Team Unit Managers
  • Department Managers
  • Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC)
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Science and Strategy
  • Public
  • Nuclear Industry
  • Water
  • Air
  • Waste
  • Land

Interests

  • Water Regulation
  • Fisheries
  • Water Quality
  • Water flows and levels
  • Aquaculture
  • Regulated activities
  • SEPA charges
  • Better regulation