SEPA’s requirements for activities related to geothermal energy

Closed 12 Sep 2016

Opened 8 Aug 2016

Overview

SEPA is consulting on our proposed new guidance

SEPA’s requirements for activities related to geothermal energy

The extraction of geothermal energy can involve a number of activities which are regulated by SEPA under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR).

This guidance is directed at anybody planning to install a geothermal energy system. It is designed to help developers understand what authorisation is required by SEPA for controlled activities, as defined by the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR), associated with geothermal energy systems.

Why We Are Consulting

We are seeking views from from interested parties including drillers, consultants and developers involved in the geothermal energy schemes on our proposed new guidance.  We especially want to know if the guidance adequately specifies and explains the risks to the water environment and the authorisation that is required under CAR.

Audiences

  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Industry
  • Landowners/ managers
  • Forestry
  • Public
  • Developers

Interests

  • Water Regulation
  • Diffuse pollution
  • Protected areas
  • Water Quality