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What is Environmental Information?

Environmental information is covered by the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs). These provide similar rights to those under the FOI Act but there are important differences you should be aware of. These are explained in our Differences between EIRs and the FOI Act page.

"Environmental Information" covers a broad range of topics, such as:

  • the environment itself, including air, water, earth, and the habitats of animals and plants;
  • other things that affect the environment, such as emissions, radiation, noise and other forms of pollution; and
  • policies, plans and laws on the environment.

Examples of environmental information covered by the EIRs include:

  • Levels of chlorine in swimming pools
  • Water and air-quality test reports
  • Genetically modified crops
  • Air conditioning systems in public buildings.

Download detailed guidance

For a full explanation, see our EIRs Guidance on the definition of environmental information:

What is Environmental Information?


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