On 30 November 2016 we submitted our second Public Sector Climate Change Duties report for the Scottish Government. It covers seven years, from 2009–10 to 2015–16.
Our first Public Sector Climate Change Duties report for the Scottish Government was published on 30 November 2015. It covers our environmental performance for the six years from 2009–10 to 2014–15 under the new style of reporting.
The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) acts as the administrator for the Climate Change Duties reports, and will publish the latest report in the Spring of 2017.
In 2015 the Scottish Government introduced required sustainability reporting, by an Order under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act. The Scottish Government is classed as a major player in the Public Bodies Duties, and we are required to produce a report.
Required reporting on climate change duties focusses on greenhouse gas emissions that result from the activities of an organisation. The reporting also looks at the profile of the organisation (its type, its size and its budget), its governance, its strategy and priorities, its plans for adaptation, its procurement policies and activities, and what checks it makes on the information it reports. This ensures that we consider climate change mitigation, adaptation and acting sustainably. It is also important that these reports are transparent: to have clarity, openness, and consistency for comparative purposes.
Our earlier reports were written in line with the then guidance on how public bodies should present their sustainability reports: