Supporting Scottish businesses with EU exit

SEPA is committed to supporting Scottish businesses during EU exit whilst maintaining protection for Scotland’s environment.


On 31 January 2020 the UK left the European Union and entered into a transition period.  During this period, EU environmental laws will continue to apply.

The Scottish Government has been clear in its commitment to maintain or enhance Scotland’s environmental commitments.

SEPA is equally clear, we expect all regulated businesses to continue to comply with Scotland’s environmental laws.  SEPA will continue to enforce Scotland’s environmental laws.

Whilst the Scottish Government, UK Government and European Union negotiate about the future relationship between the UK and the EU, SEPA will continue to proactively plan for all potential outcomes to ensure that we continue to protect our environment and communities.

We expect businesses to plan for EU exit so that they continue to comply with environmental regulations. We’re actively working with Scottish businesses and would encourage businesses concerned about how EU exit may affect the way in which they comply with environmental regulations to get in touch.  We’ll listen and quickly respond to any challenges as they emerge.

Regulatory updates and guidance from SEPA will be added to this site, particularly in the event of a 'no-deal' outcome, so please check back regularly for updates.

When appropriate, regulatory updates and guidance from SEPA about any changes resulting from EU exit will be added to this site, so please check back regularly for updates.

Further information to support Scottish businesses, and help them prepare for EU exit, is available in the partner links section below.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.