Our Role and Remit

ESS is an independent body set up to ensure the effectiveness of environmental law, and prevent enforcement gaps arising from the UK leaving the European Union.

We are here to monitor the effectiveness of environmental law in Scotland, and public authorities’ compliance with it.

Who We Are

We are a non-ministerial office, led by a Chair and Board, have a Chief Executive and specialised team, and a main office based in Edinburgh.

Our Organisation

Our Board operates under agreed Standing Orders and we have a Framework agreement with the Scottish Government.

Our Service Standards

ESS adheres to standards which set out clearly what our commitments to you are.

Scotland has a wide range of environmental laws and these laws are critically important for the environment. They have to work and they have to work well. ESS has a role to ensure this.

Dr Mark Roberts


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