Director-General Net Zero

Roy Brannen



The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Roy Brannen was appointed Director-General Net Zero in January 2023, having served in the role on an interim basis since November 2021.


The Director-General for Net Zero is responsible for the policy on delivering Scotland’s targets to achieve net zero by 2045. Net zero refers to the balance between greenhouse gases produced and removed from the atmosphere.

This includes areas such as agriculture, rural economy, energy, climate change, environment, forestry, marine and transport. They also oversee the work of three agencies: Transport Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry.

The Director General Net Zero is a member of the Scottish Government's Corporate Governance Board.


Prior to this role, Roy Brannen was Chief Executive of Transport Scotland from 2015.

Roy has led at a senior level in various operational and delivery roles on transport and infrastructure since joining the Scottish Government in 1999. Before this, he worked in local government.

He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Roy is also a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) and is currently SG Head of Profession for Project Delivery.

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