Accessibility Statement

Last updated: 17 January 2023

This accessibility statement applies only to the Environment Strategy Monitoring Framework. It does not apply to any other content found on

This website is run by the Scottish Government. We want it to be accessible and usable for as many people as possible.

We try to make our site more accessible by using:

  • Easier-to-read colours.
  • Larger fonts.
  • Plain English, where possible.

You should be able to:

  • Change the zoom level, window size, and window orientation.
  • Navigate the website using a keyboard.
  • Navigate the website using speech recognition software.
  • Listen to the text using a screen reader.

Feedback and contact information

Please contact us if you:

  • Cannot access any part of this site.
  • Want to report an accessibility problem.
  • Need information on this website in a different format. Such as: accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording, or braille. We will consider your request and get back to you as soon as we can.

Contact information can be found on the contact page.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.

If you find any problems not listed on this page, or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us.

Contact information can be found on the contact page.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission enforces the accessibility regulations (the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018).

If you’re not happy with how we respond to your feedback, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service. They are an independent advice service. They will advise you on what to do next.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Scottish Government commits to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the accessibility regulations (the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018).

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG) A and AA success criteria. This is due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Potentially non-accessible content

The content listed below is compliant with the accessibility regulations, but it may not be fully accessible:

  • Charts that display multiple lines do not use a colourblind-friendly palette. Some charts are only partially interpretable or not at all interpretable by people with achromatopsia (total colour blindness) or tritanopia (blue-yellow colour blindness). Affected people may not be able to distinguish between different lines. We aim to fix this issue by January 2022.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

The side navigation bar (that follows the user’s viewpoint, down the left-hand side of the screen) fails the following key requirements:

  • that navigation elements must be keyboard-navigable in a logical and sequential manner
  • that it is readable and navigable by screen readers
  • that it works up to 200% zoom.

In the next update to the website this will be replaced with a standard side navigation bar which meets these requirements. This is expected to be in January 2022.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • The interactive charts cannot be navigated using a keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (keyboard).

  • Some images and charts, and all interactive charts, do not have a text alternative. People using a screen reader cannot access or interpret the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We aim to fix this issue by January 2022.

Disproportionate burden

The interactive charts on this website are produced by the third-party software library “Plotly”. These charts have the following issues:

  • They cannot be read by screen readers or assistive tools.
  • Some of the text content overlaps.
  • The font size, font style, and colour scheme cannot be changed.
  • The above do not change based on the user’s web browser settings.
  • The interactive elements of these charts cannot be used using only a keyboard.

We believe that fixing the above accessibility issues would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1.

We are investigating ways in which this content can be made accessible in a proportionate way.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 17 January 2023.

These web pages were reviewed by an internal accessibility specialist in September 2021.