About Us

Environmental Standards Scotland (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.

Mission Statement, Vision, Values & Principles

The Board has agreed a Mission Statement, a Vision and a set of values and principles that demonstrate what we hope to achieve and will guide the way that we will work.

Our Remit

During 2021 ESS will:

- Build its organisational structure, develop its strategy and build effective links with stakeholders.

- Provide advice on the performance of the Scottish Government and relevant public authorities in complying with environmental law, as well as improving the effectiveness, implementation and application of environmental law in Scotland.

Who We Are

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.

The governing Board of ESS consists of 5 members including a Chair. The Scottish Parliament approved ESS Board members in December 2020. The Board Members have significant experience in leading independent scrutiny organisations and particular expertise in European environmental law. The Board will be supported by an executive team led by a Chief Executive.

Organisational Structure

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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.

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