In March 2021 the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) consulted on the draft policy statement on environmental principles which applies to England and sets out how those five internationally recognised environmental principles should be interpreted and proportionately applied.
- Our response, submitted in June 2021, recognised the interaction with environmental principles for Scotland.
We have responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Draft Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products and Oxo-degradable Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.
The draft regulations propose introducing market restrictions – effectively a ban – for problematic single-use plastic (SUP) items and all oxo-degradable products in line with Article 5 of the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904.
Read the Scottish Government consultation.
Read our response.
The House of Lords EU Environment sub-committee launched a short inquiry on the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement as it relates to its remit: energy, environment, health, food trade, agriculture, fishing, climate change and chemicals. The inquiry focuses on the provisions in the Agreement, any challenges that arise, and where UK-EU relations should go from here.
- The Law Society's response
The Scottish Government published an update to Securing a Green Recovery on a Path to Net Zero: Climate Change Plan 2018–2032 in December 2020. The Scottish Parliament subsequently issued a short consultation across the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee; Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee; Local Government and Communities Committee; and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.
The Scottish Government held a consultation on proposals for establishing a Scottish Nitrogen Balance Sheet, as required by the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.
The Scottish Government held a consultation on proposals to introduce market restrictions – effectively a ban – on the most commonly littered single-use plastic items found on European beaches (October 2020)
- Read the Law Society of Scotland's response (December 2020)
The Scottish Government sought views on proposals for new or updated environmental standards for Scotland’s water environment, and updates to some of the assessment methods used for deriving such standards (October 2020).
- Read the Law Society of Scotland's submission (December 2020)
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has a statutory duty to consult on any revision to its guidance. They have proposed significant changes to their process for determining Variable Monetary Penalties (VMPs) and accordingly asked for views.
- Read the consultation on SEPA's website
- Read the Law Society of Scotland's response (December 2020)
Our Mental Health and Disability, Environmental Law Sub-committees and Criminal Law Committee have responded to the Department for Transport and UK Space Agency’s consultation on Spaceport and spaceflight activities: regulations and guidance.
The UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry into biodiversity and ecosystems, examining how best to protect and enhance biodiversity, while considering nature-based solutions to climate change and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) issued a consultation seeking views on its proposal to vary a bespoke condition included in some permits granted under the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 (EASR) on the receipt of radioactive waste and the holding of contaminated items.
We provided a joint response to two SEPA consultations, Significant Water Management Issues for Scotland and The challenges facing our water environment in the Solway Tweed.
- View our response
The Scottish Government has issued a consultation to gather views from industry, regulators and other stakeholders on Scotland’s first industry guidance for the eventual decommissioning of offshore renewable energy infrastructure.
The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on Scotland's Low Emission Zones: Regulations and Guidance to seek opinions on issues of a technical nature that underpin the operation and delivery of Low Emission Zones (LEZs), including the substantive issue of emission standards, exemptions and penalty charges.
The Scottish Government's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has issued an inquiry on The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020: accompanying statement and proposed regulations.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued a consultation on the Scottish forestry and wood processing sector.
- View the consultation on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency website
- The Law Society of Scotland's response (September 2019)
The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on the Handling of waste: amendment to legislation
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued a consultation on measures to reduce the amount of unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging and increase the amount of packaging that can and is recycled.
- View the consultation on the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs website.
- View the Law Society of Scotland's response (May 2019)
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued a series of consultations on its sector plans for the challenges of tommorrow.
- View the consultations on SEPA's website
- Read our response to the crop production sector plan
- Read our response to the dairy production sector plan
- Read our response to the dairy processing sector plan
- Read our response to the chemical manufacturing sector plan
- Read our response to the housing sector plan
- Read our response to the leather sector plan
- Read our response to the nuclear power sector plan
- Read our response to the strategic infrastructure sector plan
- Read our response to the water sector plan
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee have launched a joint call for written evidence for pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued a consultation on how it will work with the tyre sector; from those who commission, design and manufacture tyres through to the businesses and operators who use, collect, recycle and recover waste tyres.
The Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee received a notification from the Cabinet Secretary on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 on 2 October 2018.
- The Law Society of Scotland's comments (October 2018)
The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on the options for distinct elements of a deposit return scheme on beverage containers, seeking views on which options will deliver the best results for Scotland.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee launches an inquiry into the Government’s proposals for a new environmental watchdog and its proposals to bring environmental principles into UK law after leaving the EU.
The Scottish Civil Justice Council has issued a consultation to seek views on draft rules for Protective Expenses Orders (PEOs). The draft rules seek to ensure that, where applicable, the rules regulating applications for PEOs in environmental proceedings operate so as to give proper effect to the requirement under the Aarhus Convention and European Union Law that proceedings should be 'not prohibitively expensive'.
The Scottish Government and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) have issued a consultation that sets out proposals for a new integrated environmental authorisation framework for SEPA. The new framework plans to bring together the authorisation, procedural and enforcement arrangements for existing environmental protection regimes relating to water, waste, radioactive substances and pollution prevention and control.