Research and data in the Scottish Borders: Place


Why is it important to have statistics about our environment?

Local Authorities set their outcomes and objectives within the context of the Scottish Government National Performance framework, which states that we value, enjoy,  protect and enhance our environment

Scottish Borders plays its part in the National Performance Framework by working towards making our region the best place in Scotland for every Scottish Borders citizen to live, regardless of their protected characteristics . For this, we need robust information to measure how we are performing as a society and within our communities.

Scottish Borders policy framework 

The 2018-23 Scottish Borders Corporate Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next five years.  It consists of eight corporate priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the strategic assessment.

Data on environment, waste management and sustainability are built in to all our Corporate Priorities as a cross-cutting theme, indicating that it is central to everything we do. It is also Corporate Priority five in our Corporate Plan. You can see how we are doing so far on this priority in our annual Corporate Performance Annual Report 2020-21 .

Our Environment and Waste Management objectives are managed by the Executive Directorate, particularly within the regulatory and neighbourhood service areas. These services include:

  • planning and building standards
  • built and natural heritage
  • environmental health
  • trading standards
  • legal and licencing
  • roads maintenance
  • street cleansing
  • burials
  • waste collection and disposal

Topic areas

There is a large amount of evidence from official statistics to inform our Environment and Waste Management development, across a wide range of topic areas.

Air quality

  • Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulpur Dioxide and Fine Particles
  • Carbon Dioxide emissions: Per Capita, by type and by source type
  • Mitigating Carbon Dioxide emissions: "Carbon sinks"

Water quality

  • bathing water quality

Waste management

  • waste generation
  • landfill: proportion and volume of waste sent
  • recycling: proportion and volume of waste sent
  • other waste management destinations: proportion and volume of waste sent

Derelict and vacant land

  • area of vacant and derelict land
  • proportion of the population living within 500 metres of a derelict site

Official statistics are available on these topics, sometimes at a choice of different levels of geographical detail. If you would like help to explore what statistics there are for your area, perhaps to create an area profile or evidence base for a funding application in Scottish Borders, contact the Research and Information team.