Environmental Standards Scotland is here to ensure Scotland has high environmental standards and strong systems which maintain them



Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS) is here to monitor the effectiveness of environmental law in Scotland, and public authorities’ compliance with it. Later in 2021, ESS will start to exercise its powers, making suggestions for improving the effectiveness of environmental law and its enforcement.



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



ESS is currently operating on a non-statutory basis, but will gain the statutory powers set out in the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act later in 2021.

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ESS currently has a governing Board of 5 members, including a Chair. The Scottish Parliament approved ESS Board members in December 2020. The Board will be supported by an executive team led by a Chief Executive.

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    How can we help you

    Do you have a general query or do you want to raise a concern over how environmental law is being applied by a public authority in Scotland?  If so, please contact us by completing this form.

    If you are unable to send us a message through this form please leave a message on 0808 196 4000.

    Environmental Standards Scotland respects your privacy and will not disclose your personal data to a third party without your consent unless legally required to do so. We will process any personal data that may be collected from you for the purpose of fulfilling your enquiry and maintaining records. To find out more, please view our privacy policy.

    If you have a concern about a suspected breach of environmental law by a public authority in England or Northern Ireland please visit the Interim Environmental Governance Secretariat (IEGS) Website.  Please note you must have been through the public authority’s complaint process first. If your matter relates to Wales please see https://gov.wales/raising-concern-about-functioning-environmental-law

    For media enquiries, please contact 3x1 Group:
    Email: ess@3x1.com         Tel: 0141 221 0707