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Climate Change and SEPA


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Title: Climate Change and SEPA

Climate Change and SEPAs roleRebecca Walker
SEPAs Position
  • SEPA recognises that climate change is the
    greatest threat to the future of the planets
    ecosystems, with significant socio-economic
    consequences for humankind.

Drivers for change
  • Internal drivers
  • Need for a sustained and corporate response
  • Key role in helping Scotland limit and adapt
  • SEPA itself to adapt and reduce emissions
  • Make SEPA fit for purpose
  • External drivers
  • Scotlands climate is already changing and will
    continue to change
  • Climate Change Scotland Act 2009
  • UK Climate Change Act 2008
  • EU Legislation

Climate Change programme
  • To further integrate climate change into SEPAs
  • day to day activities by delivering the strategic
  • objectives set out in SEPAs climate change
  • plan

Work areas
Advice to Operators
Monitoring and analysis
Informing and Influencing
Greening SEPA
Communicating Information
  • Monitoring and Analysis
  • Review scientific monitoring and assessment
    activities to ensure that they remain fit for
    purpose in the light of current and predicted
    climate change, and help inform Scotlands
    associated risks and impacts
  • Integrate climate change in Science review
  • Historic datasets to produce factsheets
  • Understanding future climate projections

  • Regulation
  • Review all of our regulatory activities to ensure
    that the impacts of, and on, climate change are
    fully considered when determining environmental
    permits and taking regulatory decisions
  • Understand the impact of regulatory regimes
  • Integration in Q and S investment programme
  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency
  • Carbon Capture and Storage regulatory framework
  • Renewables Task Group

  • Advice to operators
  • We will give prominence to climate change issues
    in our advice to businesses and others
  • Staff training
  • Clear, consistent information disseminated
    through existing channels e.g. NetRegs
  • Signposting and partnership working

  • Greening SEPA
  • We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from
    SEPAs activities
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 from
    2006-2007 baseline by March 2012
  • Reduce carbon dioxide from all business transport
    modes by 10 from 2006-2007 baseline by March
  • Maintained flight reduction target of 50

  • Informing and Influencing
  • We will seek to influence decisions of others so
    that the environmental, economic and social
    consequences risks and opportunities of climate
    change are fully considered.
  • Understanding of carbon accounting methodologies
    and when to use these tools
  • Produced guidance for SEA practitioners on
    climate change
  • Published a statement on SEPAs role in climate
    change, energy and planning
  • River Basin Management Plans and climate change
  • Support implementation of the Climate Change
    Scotland Act
  • Developing an energy position paper for SEPA
  • Consultations and policy work

  • Communicating information
  • We will develop SEPAs role as a prominent public
    voice on climate change issues.
  • Joint agency statement
  • Co-ordinated climate change communication
    (internally and externally) through the climate
    change communications plan
  • Staff awareness presentations (40 for 2009/2010)
    across SEPA

Working towards embedding climate change across
the organisation
Reviews, guidance, awareness, training Processe
s, procedures, awareness, training Culture
Change and Core Business
Activities planned for 2010/2011
  • Public Bodies Duties Implementation in SEPA
  • Carbon accounting Regulations
  • UK Climate Change Risk Assessment
  • Land Use Strategy
  • Procurement
  • Review of SEPAs greening Strategic
    Implementation Plan
  • Transport actions
  • SEA and Planning
  • Develop an approach to embed into policy decision
  • Climate change and regulation
  • Energy work
  • Climate change communication plan
  • Carbon impact assessment work

Public Bodies Duties
  • A public body must, in exercising its functions,
  • act
  • in the way best calculated to contribute to
    delivery of the Act's emissions reduction
  • in the way best calculated to deliver any
    statutory adaptation programme and
  • in a way that it considers most sustainable.
  • The duty is due to enter into force on January 1,
  • 2011.

SEPAs approach..
  • Continue to implement the climate change plan
  • Work towards the vision of integrating climate
  • Appraisals/procedures in place to comply with the
  • Demonstrate compliance through reporting
  • Work in partnership with others

Considering climate change (both mitigation and
adaptation) in all SEPAs functions
Thank You