The Climate Change Act (Scotland) 2009 has direct and indirect implications for Scottish Government's own climate change duties and sustainability reporting. Sections 44 and 76 of the Act in particular set out reporting requirements which the Scottish Government must follow.
Civil Estate Energy Efficiency Report (Section 76)
The Climate Change Act requires the Scottish Ministers to report annually to Parliament on progress towards improving the efficiency and sustainability of buildings that form part of the civil estate in Scotland. The definition of 'civil estate' applies to the core Scottish Government and its Executive Agencies.
The Section 76 report considers larger office premises and includes information on their consumption of energy, the amount of waste that they send for recycling, and water use. The report also includes several measures of efficiency, such as space per person and cost per person. We collate the supporting information using e-PIMS, the Government's electronic property information management system.
Public Bodies Duties (Section 44)
The Climate Change Act places duties on all public bodies to carry out their activities and operations in ways which help contribute to the Scottish Government's headline emissions targets and to act sustainably. Scottish Government guidance on the duties under the Climate Change Act requires public bodies to undertake regular reporting of their climate change actions. The guidance provides a report template that all public bodies must use.
The Scottish Government is classed as a major player in the Public Bodies Duties, which means we are required to produce a report.
Our earlier reports were written in line with the earlier guidance on how public bodies should present their sustainability reports.