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Scottish Water Bio-resources Strategy

Supporting growth of the circular economy through strategic environmental assessment

  • Scotland


We helped Scottish Water prepare a new national bioresource strategy to enhance wastewater treatment

Our client-centred approach to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) builds on our team’s extensive experience providing strategic advice and technical inputs to maximise the effectiveness and sustainability benefits of emerging plans and strategies.

As part of M2, a joint venture of Stantec and Mott MacDonald, we undertook a comprehensive review of Scottish Water’s National Sludge Strategy, originally published in 2006. Our review led to the development of a new bioresources strategy, which defines sustainable wastewater and water sludge management for Scotland to 2040. The strategy includes the formulation of regional and national bioresource treatment and recycling options which optimise transportation, treatment, energy generation, and sustainable recycling whilst balancing risk.

During the development of the bioresource strategy, we carried out a full SEA in accordance with best practice, national guidance, and the requirements of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. This included the provision of all statutory reporting as well as general environmental advice to the client.

With the SEA process in place as a plan-making tool, Scottish Water was better positioned to address environmental effects resulting from the management and treatment of Scotland’s wastewater. The next step? Supporting the growth of a circular economy.

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