Environmental Standards Scotland - draft strategic plan

Closes 17 Aug 2022

Opened 25 May 2022


Environmental Standard Scotland (ESS) is a new independent public body, established by the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021. ESS has been created to monitor the effectiveness of environmental law in Scotland and public authorities’ compliance with it, and to prevent enforcement gaps arising from the UK leaving the European Union.

What are we seeking views on

We want to improve the quality of the environment in Scotland and help achieve the highest environmental standards.

This consultation is seeking views and comments on ESS’ draft Strategic Plan. The plan is a statement about how we will work to scrutinise, investigate and secure improvements in public authorities’ compliance with environmental law, the effectiveness of environmental law, and the way it is being implemented and applied in Scotland.



Responding to this consultation

The consultation is open until the 17 August 2022 and you are invited to share your views with us using our online survey - please select the Give us your views link below.  

Alternatively, you can send responses to the consultation by email to enquiries@environmentalstandards.scot or by post to: Environmental Standards Scotland Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace Edinburgh, EH12 5HD.

Why your views matter

Comments are invited from anybody with an interest in the draft Strategic Plan.

Your responses will help to shape and inform the drafting of our final Strategic Plan, which we will submit to the Scottish Parliament by 1 October 2022 for consideration and approval.

Give us your views


  • Environment and Climate Change