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Public Bodies Climate Change Duties: Putting Them Into Practice - Guidance Required by Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009

DescriptionGuidance to support public bodies in exercising their duties under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
Official Print Publication DateFebruary 2011
Website Publication DateFebruary 04, 2011


ISBN 978 0 7559 9965 1 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 11254

This document is also available in pdf format (343k)


Executive Summary

1. Context
1.1 The Climate Change Duties - legal basis
1.2 Who are the 'public bodies'?
1.3 Development of the guidance
1.4 How the guidance should be used

2. Strategic Framework
2.1 Why is action on climate change important?
2.2 Scotland's strategic framework
2.3 The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009
2.3.1 Mitigation
2.3.2 Adaptation
2.3.3 Public Engagement Strategy
2.4 CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme
2.5 EU Emissions Trading System
2.6 Sectoral and wider policy developments
2.7 Best Value

3. Scope of the Duties and Key Principles of the Guidance
3.1 Scope of the duties
3.2 Proportionality
3.3 Key principles of the guidance

4. Putting the Duties into Practice: A Step-By-Step Approach
4.1 Step 1 - Understanding the three parts of the duties
4.1.1 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Mitigation
4.1.2 Adapting to the changing climate
4.1.3 Acting sustainably
4.2 Step 2 - Assess your impact and influence on climate change and how the changing climate impacts on you
4.2.1 Impacts on climate change
4.2.2 Impacts of the changing climate
4.2.3 Functions of public bodies
a) corporate
b) policy
c) delivery
4.2.4 Getting started: assessing impact and influence
4.2.5 Acting sustainably
4.3 Step 3 - Take action (including setting outcomes, milestones and targets)
4.3.1 Governance, leadership and commitment
4.3.2 Developing a strategy or action plan
4.3.3 Setting targets for direct and indirect emissions
4.3.4 Integrating greenhouse gases into decision-making
4.3.5 Prepare your organisation for the changing climate
4.3.6 Helping Scotland adapt to the changing climate
4.3.7 Acting sustainably
4.3.8 Partnership working
4.3.9 Raising awareness and engagement
4.4 Step 4 - Reporting: Demonstrating compliance with the duties
4.4.1 Principles and methods of reporting
4.4.2 Order-making powers
4.4.3 Suggested areas of activity
4.4.4 Assurance and scrutiny

5. Practical support and tools
5.1 Delivery bodies and other support
5.2 Recording, monitoring and assessing greenhouse gas emissions
5.3 Strategic Environmental Assessment ( SEA)
5.4 Best Value Sustainability Toolkit
5.5 Area-based methodologies
5.6 Tools: review and evaluation

6. Next Steps


Annex A: Quick guide: Greenhouse gas emissions

Annex B: Quick guide: How our climate is changing

Annex C: Sectoral and wider policy developments and initiatives
Scottish Government
National Devolved Public Bodies
Local government and Community Planning Partnerships
Further and Higher Education

Annex D: Key sector tables