The industry supports regulation which protects the high-quality
environment - the source of essential raw materials.
Distillers have a strong record of compliance with environmental
legislation and the SWA works with its members to encourage them to
share best-practice which will lead to an even stronger
Along with other manufacturing sectors, distillers must comply
- Exacting environmental and pollution control legislation, such
as the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (now
recast as the Industrial Emissions Directive)
- Waste management Licensing, Water Framework Directive and
Producer Responsibility (packaging) Obligations.
The majority of environmental legislation that applies to the
industry has its origins in Europe. The SWA's Operational and
Technical Affairs team helps shape emerging policy developments to
ensure they are workable and cost-effective. It will advise on the
business and operational implications of new policies and
In Scotland, the SWA work with the Scottish
Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), which regulates industry
installations, to ensure a fair and proportionate application of EU
and UK policies in Scotland.