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Who we are

At SEPA, Scotland’s Environment Protection Agency, we’re on the front line of global action to tackle our climate and nature emergencies. As Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, we innovate, collaborate and drive collective action to help build a stronger, fairer and more sustainable nation.

We’ve been given a unique and visionary Statutory Purpose: to protect and improve the environment in ways that, as far as possible, also create health and wellbeing benefits and sustainable economic growth. We help Scotland adapt to a changing climate by ensuring that our regulation helps operators to realise the opportunities of a net zero, circular economy and be resilient to changes in our climate. We help to improve the quality of our environment for people and for nature by encouraging nature-based solutions and valuing multiple benefits.

As Scotland’s strategic flood risk management authority, we help partners, places and people avoid, adapt and take action against flooding. We’re influential, monitoring, researching, reporting and speaking out on the state of Scotland’s environment and our data is at the heart of progressive policy.

As a non-departmental public body we’re committed to delivering a high quality public service; a service that listens and responds to meet our customers’ expectations and needs. Part of this is our commitment to openness and transparency, coherent corporate governance and informed communications, enabling our 1300 people based right across Scotland to deliver the best for our environment.

Our work today is for the future of our environment.

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Scotland is thriving in a low carbon world

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Scottish businesses are prospering from better environmental performance

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The impact of flooding is reduced

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People benefit from Scotland's improving environment