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The Scottish Government's Carbon Management Plan

Our Carbon Management Plan (CMP) sets out the activities that will enable us to reduce our carbon emissions and meet our reduction targets. We have set a baseline year of 2009-10 and our target is to reduce our emissions by 30% by March 2020.  The CMP includes a register of projects that will help us deliver our target.

Our strategy for reducing our emissions covers six areas:

Grid electricity

  • benefitting from the decarbonisation of the UK's National Grid;
  • reducing the size of our estate, by using space more efficiently in our buildings, and by vacating buildings that we no longer need; and
  • carrying out specific carbon reduction projects to save electricity.

Direct fuel use (natural gas and gas oil)

  • reducing the size of the estate, by using space more efficiently in our buildings, and by vacating buildings that we no longer need; and
  • carrying out specific carbon reduction projects to save gas and oil.


  • reducing the quantity of waste we produce;
  • separating our waste better before we dispose of it;
  • sending more waste for recycling instead of landfill;
  • sending more waste for composting or anaerobic digestion;
  • managing our waste contracts more tightly and improving our policy on dealing with waste in our buildings.


This is is the only area where our emissions are predicted to increase. This is because Marine Scotland's scientific facilities are very water intensive, using both mains water and sea water.  However, we can:

  • reduce the amount of water we use in our buildings; and
  • benefit from more efficient supply and treatment of water by the water industry.

Business travel and fleet vehicles

  • using alternative technologies such as video, telephone and desktop conferencing, instead of  travelling;
  • reinforcing our Travel Hierarchy, leading to staff using lower carbon modes of transport, for example by switching from air travel to rail travel;
  • reducing the use of taxis and private cars;
  • introducing more efficient petrol and diesel fleet vehicles, and using lower carbon fuels such as electric hybrids and fully electric.

Staff Involvement

People at all levels of our organisation, as well as our contractors, can help us reduce our carbon emissions.  Actions we can all take include:

  • avoiding the need to travel by using alternative technologies, and choosing lower carbon options when travel is necessary;
  • reducing electricity consumption by using controls for heating, lighting and IT equipment;
  • reducing the demand for heating, by keeping room temperatures in line with our thermal comfort guidance;
  • producing less waste, and by placing waste in the correct recycling bins;
  • reducing water use by conservation practices in toilets, showers and kitchens;
  • participating in environmental management training and initiatives; and
  • being aware of the environmental management information in the buildings in which we work, and promoting understanding and actions to other people.