13. Strategic Environmental Assessment
13.1 As required by the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, the Scottish Government has considered the requirement for a Strategic Environmental Assessment of CAFS. Given the overarching role of the strategy, it has been concluded that CAFS itself will have no or minimal environmental effects; therefore, it has been exempted following completion of a screening report  . Any proposals set out in CAFS that could have significant environmental implications when they are developed into more detailed policies and plans, such as the National Low Emission Framework, will be subjected to a Strategic Environmental Assessment.
13.2 Scotland’s strong commitment to equality is a core aspect of CAFS, particularly in relation to reducing health inequalities arising from the impacts of air pollution. Any proposals set out in CAFS that may be developed into specific policies and plans will be informed by assessing their impact on equality, and where appropriate will be developed in line with the Public Sector Equality Duty.