Training event for enforcement of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas Regulations 2015 in Scotland
In order to assist local authorities understand their own role as an enforcement authority under the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas Regulations 2015 ("the F Gas Regulations"), it is proposed to have a half day training/information event to be held at SEPA’s Stirling Office on the 20th March 2018. This will be an all morning event with a planned start time of 10am and will run until not later than 1pm.
The F gas Regulations name the Scottish Ministers, SEPA and Local Authorities as the enforcing authorities in Scotland.
From 1st April 2018 the F Gas (Amendment) Regulations 2018 will come into force which will introduce a new civil penalty regime, to largely replace the criminal offences for breaching the regulations. This should help by making the issue of dealing with a non-compliance quicker to deal with compared to being required to submit a report to the procurator fiscal and also be an incentive for compliance as civil penalties are quicker and less costly to apply. The civil penalty amounts will range from £10,000 up to £200,000 for the most serious cases of non-compliance.
The Scottish Government have created a new national resource based within the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (“SEPA”) to help and assist with the enforcement and compliance work of the enforcing authorities.