Chemicals Manufacturing Sector Plan

Closed 15 Feb 2019

Opened 21 Dec 2018


Chemicals are used in a variety of products and activities in modern life. The manufacture of chemicals has taken place over many years in Scotland. During this time, much has been learnt about how to reduce the environmental impact of these manufacturing processes. As new learning develops and as innovation continues apace, SEPA is determined to assist the Scottish chemicals manufacturing sector to be a world-leader in producing products that serve the needs of society in ways that further drive down environment impact.

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A print version of the sector plan for consultation is also available.

Why your views matter

The benefits of chemicals are significant but the unintended environmental consequences of chemical use in society are apparent. The operation and development of chemicals manufacturing sites within larger industrial complexes, close to communities, needs to be managed so as not to harm those communities.

The draft sector plans are our initial ideas on where we can make the most significant impact. Getting feedback early in the process from our communities, partners and stakeholders is important and your feedback is critical to the success of our sector planning approach. If you think that we have got something wrong, missed a critical opportunity or not been as transparent as possible, please let us know your thoughts.

We aim to get these plans finalised in the first months of 2019 and then push on to implement them. Your views will also help to shape the prioritisation for the implementation, which will be completed following the consultation period.




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