Climate change

  1. Enhanced support to make homes warmer and greener

    New offer to make climate-friendly energy improvements simpler.

  2. Attracting Investment for a net zero future

    Developing policy with green investors in mind.

  3. Delivering Scotland's Blue Economy approach

    Sets out the first phase of delivery towards our Blue Economy Vision (published March 2022). It provides a clear picture of where we are now in relation to the six Blue Economy outcomes and sets out our next steps in delivering a collaborative approach in Scotland.

  4. Wellbeing economy toolkit for local authorities

    Roadmap to fair, green prosperity for communities and regions.

  5. Ocean literacy survey: headline findings

    Headline findings from an online survey with the public in Scotland on the topic of ocean literacy - exploring the public's understanding of the marine environment. It is part of a wider project covering England and Wales.

  6. Climate change - public engagement: survey results 2022

    Results of a representative survey of the Scottish public, focused on attitudes and engagement with climate change. The results will act as a baseline for the Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change.

  7. Strengthening the role of women in climate action

    Funding to ensure women from Global South have say on climate.

  8. Scotland leads global action for nature.

    Environment Minister welcomes international support for Edinburgh Declaration.

  9. Scotland to push energy, nature and justice at COP27

    Energy security relies on shifting from fossil fuels, says Environment Minister.

  10. Building a green heat industry

    £17.6 million to support climate-friendly heating transformation.

  11. Planning for net zero

    A plan for future developments will help combat climate change.

  12. Addressing Loss and Damage conference - practical action: summary report

    In October 2022, Scotland hosted a conference which brought together international representatives and practitioners to articulate best practice and explore innovative new opportunities to mobilise finance for, and address Loss and Damage ahead of COP27.

  13. Funding pledge for loss and damage

    FM confirms another £5 million at COP27 and urges countries to follow suit.

  14. COP27 begins

    First Minister calls on leaders to build on Glasgow promise. 

  15. Scenario mapping for offshore renewable energy development economic benefits: case studies

    Report to identify, measure and value the delivered and potential economic impact for Scotland from offshore wind and tidal energy projects.

  16. Electricity Act 1989 applications - proposed fee changes consultation: Scottish Government response

    Our response to the consultation on proposals to increase the fees paid for applications under the Electricity Act 1989. Details of the proposed changes which Ministers intend to implement are provided and follows consideration of the points raised by respondents to our consultation.

  17. Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post 2020 (EESSH2) review: interim guidance for social landlords

    Sets out early action guidance for social landlords during the review of the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post 2020 (EESSH2) until a new standard is established.

  18. Young people to have their say at COP27

    Youth Negotiator Programme will help give global youth a voice at climate talks

  19. Storm Arwen review

    New processes in place one year on.

  20. National marine plan 2: engagement strategy

    Stakeholder engagement strategy and statement of public participation for Scotland's national marine plan 2.

  21. Accelerating green heat delivery

    Next steps taken to help transformation.

  22. Local heat and energy efficiency strategies and delivery plans: guidance

    Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) are at the heart of a place based, locally-led and tailored approach to the heat transition. These local strategies will underpin an area-based approach to heat and energy efficiency planning and delivery.

  23. Accelerating action to tackle nature and climate crises

    More funding to support biodiversity projects.

  24. Regional Land Use Partnerships: phase 1 process evaluation - final report

    The Regional Land Use Partnerships (RLUPs) evaluation report considers the lessons learned from the Year 1 (2021 to 2022) pilot process. The report was completed by SAC Consulting and outlines key early findings from RLUP pilot establishment.

  25. Supporting a green energy revolution

    Just Transition Fund awards announced.

  26. Fisheries and climate change: opinions from the wild capture fishing sector

    Analysis and summary of an online survey of key stakeholders in the wild capture fishing sector, conducted by Marine Scotland during the COP26 climate change summit in 2021.

  27. Seafood strategy annex: rationale and impact

    The rationale underlying the strategy for seafood and the potential impact it could have on parts of Scotland’s marine economy.

  28. Seafood strategy

    Affirms the importance of the seafood sector and sets out how we are supporting industry to contribute to achieving our blue economy aspirations.

  29. International climate justice, conflict and gender: scoping study

    Scottish Government funded research report with ClimateXChange which concluded in 2022. It identifies areas of opportunity for policy makers to develop a gender responsive approach to international climate justice.

  30. School pupils lead the journey to net zero

    First Minister addresses Climate Action Week National School Assembly.

  31. Seabird flight height data collection at an offshore wind farm: final report

    Understanding seabird flight heights and behaviour in and around operational offshore wind farms is a priority knowledge gap. Using aircraft mounted LiDAR technology, this study collected data on seabird flight height and shows the potential for using it in offshore windfarm impact assessments.

  32. Renewables Obligation (Scotland) scheme changes: consultation analysis

    UK Gov made an amendment Mar 21 to its RO Order 2015 increasing level of the mutualisation threshold, reducing likelihood of it being triggered. We asked for views on making the same changes to mutualisation arrangements under the RO(S) legislation to address electricity supplier payment default.

  33. Heat in Buildings - national scheme: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment screening

    A screening assessment of the requirement to complete a full island children’s rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) in relation to the procurement of the a new National Heat in Buildings Scheme which will be the successor to Warmer Homes Scotland.

  34. Heat in Buildings - national scheme: island communities impact assessment screening

    A screening assessment of the requirement to complete a full island communities impact assessment (ICIA) in relation to the procurement of the a new National Heat in Buildings Scheme which will be the successor to Warmer Homes Scotland.

  35. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2022

    Details how we will deliver our priorities over the lifetime of the National Islands Plan. It identifies the methods to monitor progress towards fulfilling the many commitments in the Plan and sets out timescales for delivery of our work.

  36. Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement 2022: advisory notes

    Advisory notes to accompany Revised 2022 Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, September 2022.

  37. Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement Review: report to Scottish Parliament

    Statutory report to Scottish Parliament on review of Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement, September 2022.

  38. Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement 2022

    Land reform in Scotland, including matters relating to the ownership, use and management of land and associated rights and responsibilities, is continually evolving. The Statement has been revised to ensure it remains relevant to informing policy and practice around land issues in Scotland.

  39. Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund: equality impact assessment

    The results of the equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund (LCMCF).

  40. Fisheries management strategy 2020 to 2030: delivery plan

    The delivery plan supports the delivery of outcomes and policies set out in Scotland’s Future Fisheries Strategy and will help stakeholders understand the progress so far in delivering key aspects of the strategy so far, indicating timelines for delivery of actions over the next 10 years.

  41. Scottish City Region and Growth Deals: carbon management guidance for projects and programmes

    Guidance for project owners on managing carbon emissions associated with Scottish City Region and Growth Deal projects.

  42. Agricultural transition in Scotland - first steps towards our national policy: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the responses received to the Agricultural Transition in Scotland consultation. The consultation was carried out between August 2021 and November 2021.

  43. Heat in Buildings strategy - domestic EPC reform consultation: analysis summary report

    An analysis summary of our EPC reform consultation that ran from July to October 2021. Proposals included renaming the current metrics and adding a third metric, such that EPCs display separate ratings for energy efficiency, cost, and carbon emissions. This summary report outlines the key findings.

  44. Understanding the local economic impacts of natural capital investment

    This report outlines new economic analysis that quantifies the typical contributions to local economies, measured as output and jobs created, from four key natural capital investments, including peatland restoration and woodland creation.

  45. Renewables Obligation (Scotland) - energy intensive industries: consultation

    Devolved aspects of the review of the scheme that provides relief to energy-intensive industries for a proportion of the costs of funding renewable energy generation, that includes the Renewables Obligation (Scotland).

  46. Artificial intelligence strategy: trustworthy, ethical and inclusive

    Our artificial intelligence (AI) strategy sets out a vision for AI in Scotland, the principles that will guide us, and the actions we’ll take to develop and strengthen our AI ecosystem over the next five years.

  47. The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022: Section 6 (Energy): ICIA

    Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) undertaken in relation to The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022: Section 6 (Energy).

  48. The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022: Section 6 (Energy): EQIA results

    Summary results of the Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA) undertaken in relation to The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022: Section 6 (Energy).

  49. NHS Scotland climate emergency and sustainability strategy: 2022-2026

    This document sets out plans for NHS Scotland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the environment, adapt to climate change and to better contribute to the United Nation sustainable development goals. It has been developed by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland Assure.

  50. Scotland at Expo 2020 Dubai: evaluation report

    An evaluation report detailing the work undertaken in developing and delivering Scotland's programme of activity and engagement at the EXPO 2020 Dubai between October 2021 and March 2022, highlighting outcomes achieved and recommendations to support participation at future World Expo events.

  51. Agri sector leads the way in sustainability with audit demand

    Specialist advice available for farming sector.

  52. Transforming heating in homes

    Zero direct emission plans for all new buildings. 

  53. Fishing practices adapted in commercial fisheries: review

    Comprehensive literature review on the specific interventions taken in Scotland, the UK and EU to reduce the climate related impacts of the marine wild capture fisheries sector complemented with a series of stakeholder interviews on direct experiences and challenges.

  54. Renewable and zero direct emissions heating systems in affordable housing projects (phase 2): evaluation

    An evaluation of the selection, installation and performance of zero direct emissions heating (ZDEH) systems installed in new affordable homes in Scotland.

  55. Zero direct emissions heat in new build affordable homes: case study

    Case studies detailing the choice, installation and experience of zero direct emissions heating systems in new affordable homes in Scotland across various sites and housing types.

  56. New Build Heat Standard: consultation - part two

    We are seeking views on our detailed proposals for a New Build Heat Standard (NBHS) to prohibit the use of direct emissions heating systems in new buildings warranted from April 2024.

  57. Making the Future - second Just Transition Commission: initial report

    The second Just Transition Commission convened in early 2022 with a remit to provide scrutiny and advice on the Scottish Government’s sectoral and regional just transition plans. This initial report sets out strategic priorities to ensure the decarbonisation of Scotland's economy is delivered fairly

  58. Land reform in a Net Zero Nation: consultation paper

    The next Land Reform Bill will make important changes to the framework of law and policy that govern the system of ownership, management and use of land in Scotland. This consultation sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for the Bill and seeks views on a range of land-related issues.

  59. Feasibility of extending SeabORD to the entire breeding season: study

    SeabORD is a method that can assess displacement and barrier effects from offshore renewables on seabirds, but is currently limited to four species during the chick-rearing season. This review examined ways to improve the SeabORD model including extending to the entire breeding season.

  60. Fish and fisheries research to inform ScotMER evidence gaps and future strategic research in the UK: review

    This study undertook a literature review and consultation with key stakeholders to establish current knowledge for evidence gaps identified in the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries evidence map. This report includes research recommendations to help fill remaining strategic priority gaps.

  61. Offshore wind developments assessment - seabird collision risk, displacement and barrier effects: study

    This project developed a new framework to enable the assessment of collision, displacement and barrier effects on seabirds from offshore renewable developments to be integrated into a single overall assessment of combined impacts.

  62. Assessing fisheries displacement by other licensed marine activities: good practice guidance

    This project developed ‘Good Practice Guidance for Assessing Fisheries Displacement’ through a detailed literature review and consultation with the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Receptor Group (FFSRG), commercial fisheries industry, offshore energy and regulatory sectors.

  63. Assessing fisheries displacement by other licensed marine activities: good practice guidance - literature review

    This project developed ‘Good Practice Guidance for Assessing Fisheries Displacement’ through a detailed literature review and consultation with the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Receptor Group (FFSRG), commercial fisheries industry, offshore energy and regulatory sectors.

  64. Develop best practice recommendations for combining seabird study data collected from different platforms: study

    This study developed best practice guidance to combine seabird survey data collected from different platforms based on a literature review, expert knowledge and a bespoke model development including sensitivity analysis. This can be used in environmental assessments for planning and licensing.

  65. Impact of climate change on seabird species off the east coast of Scotland and potential implications for environmental assessments: study

    This study investigated the potential impacts of climate change on seabird distribution, abundance and demography off the east coast of Scotland, and examined integration of these climate models into standard population forecast models used in assessments for offshore wind developments.

  66. Offshore renewables - social impact: two way conversation with the people of Scotland

    Findings from a piece of participatory research into the social impacts of offshore wind farms (OWFS) in Scotland. It describes innovative methods used to develop a conceptual framework, based on social values, that enables a better understanding of the social impacts of OWFs.

  67. Offshore wind farm developments - public perceptions: survey

    Findings from a survey exploring public perceptions of offshore wind farm (OWF) developments in Scotland. It describes whether and how respondents in Scotland have been impacted by OWFs, their attitudes to OWFs, and how OWFS affect their tourism and recreation choices.

  68. Investing in net zero energy

    £10 million to accelerate hydrogen technology.

  69. Wellbeing economy monitor

    The monitor brings together a range of indicators to provide a baseline for assessing progress towards the development of a wellbeing economy in Scotland.

  70. Women in Scottish fisheries: literature review

    Findings from a review of research literature, case studies and examples of good practice from Scotland and beyond, alongside existing government strategies, to provide insights into challenges and opportunities presented for women in Scottish fishing.

  71. Onshore conventional oil and gas: call for evidence

    An opportunity to contribute views and evidence on the development of onshore conventional oil and gas policy in Scotland in order to ensure that we deliver a robust, fully-evidenced policy position in line with energy needs, statutory requirements, and climate change ambitions.

  72. Coal extraction policy: call for evidence

    An opportunity to contribute views and evidence on the development of coal extraction policy in Scotland. This helps us ensure we deliver a robust, fully-evidenced policy position in line with energy needs, statutory requirements, and climate change ambitions.

  73. Biodiversity strategy: consultation

    Biodiversity is vital for us all and it is in crisis, globally and in Scotland, so we need to change the way we use natural resources. We are seeking views on how we should tackle the biodiversity crisis through a new biodiversity strategy which will drive this transformation.

  74. Transformative change to protect Scotland’s nature

    Ambitious proposals to halt biodiversity loss.

  75. Putting limits on incineration capacity

    Response to independent review published.

  76. Independent review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy: Scottish Government response

    Our initial response to Stop, Sort, Burn, Bury? - the recommendations of the independent review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy in Scotland.

  77. Building a net zero future

    New measures to slash carbon emissions from housing stock.

  78. Building regulations - proposed changes to energy standards, etc: consultation analysis

    An analysis of the responses to the 2021 public consultation on a review of building standards relating to energy standards and associated topics, including ventilation, overheating and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

  79. Volunteering action plan

    Scotland’s volunteering action plan aims to create a Scotland where everyone can volunteer, more often, and throughout their lives. Designed to provide actions over a 10‐year period as a living plan. It seeks to raise the profile of volunteering and its impact on society.

  80. Zero Emission Taskforce recommendation report: Scottish Government response

    Sets out our response to the Zero Emissions Social Housing Taskforce report.

  81. Land use strategy: annual progress report 2021/2022

    Third annual progress report on Scotland's land use strategy, as required under Section 37A of The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019. It covers the period of March 2021 to March 2022.

  82. Marine Fund Scotland 2022-23: general guidance notes

    General guidance notes for prospective applicants to the Marine Fund Scotland 2022-23, including information on who can apply and how to apply.

  83. Heat in Buildings strategy - quality assurance: policy statement

    Quality assurance is critical to our heat decarbonisation aims. This policy statement focuses on the standards, skills and certifications required for installers on SG schemes, proposed ways to tackle scams and mis-selling and how to improve public engagement.

  84. Scottish Greenhouse Gas Statistics 2020

    Official statistics showing emissions of greenhouse gases in Scotland over the period 1990 to 2020.

  85. Tackling the unavoidable effects of climate change

    Scotland keeps up momentum to address loss and damage.

  86. Financing the just transition to net zero

    Tackling climate crisis prioritised in future spending plans.

  87. Single use plastics ban

    Scotland becomes first UK nation to ban problematic plastics.

  88. Consultations on Circular Economy launched

    New measures will help cut waste and preserve precious resources.

  89. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - route map to 2025 and beyond: consultation

    Through this consultation we set out our proposals for a Route Map to 2025, our strategic plan to deliver Scotland’s zero waste and circular economy ambitions. This consultation invites views on the proposed priorities and actions to reach our waste, recycling and emissions reduction targets.

  90. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - route map to 2025 and beyond: technical annex

    This annex sets out the evidence base and rationale underpinning the consultation Route Map: Delivering Scotland’s circular economy, identifying our progress to date and the case for further change to meet our waste and recycling targets.

  91. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - proposed Circular Economy Bill: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on our proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill.

  92. Climate change adaptation programme: progress report 2022

    Third annual progress report on "Climate Ready Scotland: Scotland’s Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019 to 2024".

  93. Response to the Climate Change Committee: progress reducing emissions – report to Parliament 2021

    In December 2021, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its annual report on progress in reducing emissions in Scotland, assessing the government’s climate change mitigation activity. This report addresses the CCC’s recommendations.

  94. Climate Change Plan: monitoring reports 2022

    The second annual statutory monitoring report against the updated 2018 Climate Change Plan, as per the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  95. Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement: analysis of consultation responses

    A report on the analysis of the responses to the consultation on the Review of the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement.

  96. Supporting Scotland’s Just Transition

    Just Transition Fund to open on 31 May.

  97. Scottish Government at COP26: What was achieved?

    This report provides an account of the activities delivered through the Scottish Government’s COP26 programme and how that activity supported the Scottish Government’s main climate related policy aims.

  98. Carbon Neutral Islands named

    Six islands to become carbon neutral by 2040.

  99. Public bodies’ emissions reduce

    £100 million to cut carbon footprint further.

  100. Renewed focus needed on climate emergency

    Energy security drive must align with climate goals

  101. Transforming derelict land

    Grants awarded from £50 million fund.

  102. Incineration review published

    Independent report recommends limit on future incineration capacity.

  103. Climate change affecting Scotland’s lochs and reservoirs

    New research shows water is warming rapidly.

  104. Supporting unions with just transition

    Funding will support worker engagement.

  105. £5 million to develop carbon dioxide utilisation technology

    CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund launched.

  106. Scottish Government procurement strategy: April 2022 to March 2024

    Scottish Government procurement strategy covering the period from April 2022 to March 2024.

  107. Action on packaging

    Producers will pay for the environmental costs of packaging.

  108. Green Freeports prospectus published

    Applicants must meet fair work and net zero ambitions.

  109. Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2018

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  110. Upskilling to address climate change

    Fund opens to applications.

  111. Electricity Act 1989 - sections 36 and 37: applications guidance

    This good practice guidance sets out the procedure for applications for onshore generating stations and overhead lines under sections 36 and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989, where the development concerned is development requiring environmental impact assessment.

  112. £300m boost for climate friendly heating

    Transforming Scotland’s heating systems.

  113. Scottish Household Survey – 2020 telephone survey

    Experimental Statistics: Data being developed.

  114. Funding for sustainable islands

    Additional funding allocated to local island projects.

  115. Slashing carbon emissions across Scotland

    £8.7 million for green infrastructure projects.

  116. Scottish Cluster support

    Investment in carbon capture project announced.

  117. Wild Salmon Strategy Launch

    Move to bring salmon population back from crisis point.

  118. Promoting low carbon farming and protecting the environment

    Agri-Environment Climate Change Scheme awards.

  119. Sharing knowledge and innovation to tackle climate change

    Projects awarded funding in most recent round of Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund.

  120. Big ambitions for Wee Forests

    Connecting people and nature.

  121. Citizens steer net zero journey

    Response to Climate Assembly recommendations published.

  122. Ensuring a fair journey to net zero

    Experts appointed to support Just Transition mission.

  123. Establishing a Scottish Nitrogen Balance Sheet

    This report sets out the main findings from the initial version of the Scottish Nitrogen Balance Sheet. Establishing a whole-economy Nitrogen Balance Sheet is a requirement under the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  124. Scotland’s deposit return scheme

    Recycling scheme will go live in 2023.

  125. Creating a cleaner Scotland

    Views sought on new litter and fly-tipping strategy.

  126. Supporting a greener Scotland

    Record funding to deliver a just transition to net zero.

  127. Committing to a greener, fairer future

    New measures announced for a just transition to Net Zero.

  128. Showcasing agricultural climate action

    Peer to peer network to launch.

  129. Towards a circular economy

    Taking action to reduce waste and its impact.

  130. First Minister comments on Glasgow Climate Pact

    COP26 summit concludes.

  131. Reducing agricultural emissions

    Improved controls on the storage and application of slurry and digestate.

  132. Network of sharing libraries and repair cafes

    Funding to deliver key recommendation of Scotland’s Climate Assembly.

  133. Supporting women in climate action and conflict resolution

    Funding for new fellowship programme.

  134. Action on single-use plastic

    Scotland first UK nation to pursue ban on some of the most problematic products.

  135. Protecting the rights of young people

    Scotland signs up to UNICEF declaration on children, youth and climate action.

  136. Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge

    International collaborations to support our seas and oceans.

  137. Scotland to boost climate funding

    First Minister calls on leaders to step up and secure successful outcome.

  138. Planning to reach net zero

    Creating more town centre homes and local services to help fight climate change.

  139. Response to COP26 draft agreement

    First Minister urges leaders to go further.

  140. Celebrating Gender Day at COP26

    Pledge on climate change and inequalities.

  141. Climate justice essential at COP26

    First Minister says Global South voices must be heard.

  142. Empowering communities on climate action

    Towns chosen to help drive just transition to net zero.

  143. First Minister rallies delegates to climate challenge

    Under2 Coalition members to sign Net Zero pledge.

  144. Expanded funding to restore and protect nature

    £55 million for nature restoration and biodiversity projects.

  145. First Minister meets global environmental experts at COP26

    New report advises Scottish Government on environment priorities.

  146. Free bus travel for under 22s

    61% of young people say public transport central to combatting climate emergency.

  147. California signs Scotland’s world-leading nature declaration

    Governments and cities encouraged to take action for nature at COP26.

  148. First Minister meets young activists during COP26

    'Voice of young people must be heard', says FM.

  149. First Minister: Scotland to show leadership on Climate Justice

    Investment to tackle “loss and damage” from climate change.

  150. Ramping up renewables generation

    Plans to increase onshore wind capacity published ahead of COP26.

  151. Creating a fairer, greener nation

    Rural funding scheme extended.

  152. Unlimited recovery of hydrocarbons not sustainable

    Work to be undertaken to support a just transition for Scotland’s energy sector.

  153. Glasgow must bridge climate divide

    First Minister to set out ambition for COP26.

  154. Scotland to push for success at COP26

    Ministers to drive global climate action with distinctive Scottish programme.

  155. Letters sent to legal sector ahead of COP26

    Contact underlines close engagement between Scottish Government and legal bodies.

  156. Events line-up to enrich climate conference

    A series of innovative cultural events are to be staged to mark COP26.

  157. Involving young people in COP26

    Opportunities to meet world leaders and climate activists.

  158. Creating resilient and sustainable islands

    Funding allocated to local island projects.

  159. FM calls for global climate action at TED

    Smaller countries’ actions crucial to tackling climate emergency.

  160. Fast-tracking net zero infrastructure

    Green growth pathfinder projects announced.

  161. Making our homes cleaner and greener

    Scotland’s heat in buildings strategy published.

  162. Scotland putting rail decarbonisation at heart of net zero plans.

    First Minister marks completion of Queen Street Station redevelopment

  163. Global climate justice

    Global south priorities for COP26 set out at Glasgow climate talks.

  164. Climate justice

    Doubling climate fund to help world’s most vulnerable nations

  165. Conserving wild salmon

    More than £500,000 to study the pressures faced from pollution and climate change.

  166. Making Just Transition a defining mission

    New Commission to be established to support net zero transformation.

  167. COP26 youth conference

    Scotland to host United Nations Conference of Youth.

  168. Building a COP26 legacy

    Climate Week to put people at the heart of net zero journey.

  169. COP26

    Communities across Scotland to take part in climate action.

  170. A Fairer, Greener Scotland

    Programme for Government 2021-22.

  171. Zero Carbon Islands

    Islands contributing to net zero commitment.

  172. New Ministers to be appointed

    Scottish Greens to enter government.

  173. Agreement reached with Scottish Green Party

    Cooperation confirmed.

  174. FM calls for collective leadership on a just transition for energy

    ­Letter urges PM to reassess oil and gas licencing plans. 

  175. Investing in net-zero technology

    £16.5 million to support energy transformation.

  176. 100 Days until COP26

    Scotland makes international pledge to help deliver the Paris Agreement 

  177. Increased funding to tackle fuel poverty and climate change

    £64 million for local heat and energy efficiency projects

  178. Dairy Sector Climate Change Group: report

    Report from the Dairy Sector Climate Change Group, one of the farmer-led groups established to develop advice and proposals for the Scottish Government. It focusses on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change, something that was re-emphasised in the updated Climate Change Plan.

  179. Arable Climate Change Group - a new blueprint for Scotland's arable sector: report

    Report from the Arable Climate Change Group, one of the farmer-led groups established to develop advice and proposals for the Scottish Government. It focusses on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change, something that was re-emphasised in the updated Climate Change Plan.

  180. Young Scots have their say on COP26

    Applications for new youth climate programme opened.

  181. Supporting climate justice across the globe

    Funding for international projects ahead of COP26.

  182. Scottish Greenhouse Gas statistics: 1990-2019

    The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Inventory is the key tool for understanding the origins and magnitudes of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland. The inventory is compiled in line with international guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  183. Sustainable and integrated farming and crofting activity in the hills and uplands of Scotland: blueprint - report

    Report from the Hill, Upland and Crofting Climate Change Group, one of the farmer-led groups established to develop advice and proposals for the Scottish Government. It focusses on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change, something that was re-emphasised in the updated Climate Change Plan.

  184. Pig sector - reducing greenhouse gas emissions: bringing home the bacon - report

    Report from the Scottish Pig Industry Leadership Group, one of the farmer-led groups established to develop advice and proposals for the Scottish Government. It focusses on how to cut emissions and tackle climate change, something that was re-emphasised in the updated Climate Change Plan.

  185. Accelerating green growth

    Initiative to unlock £200m of low carbon investment launched.

  186. Strengthening links with Europe

    £3 million research fund announced.

  187. Funding to restore Scotland’s iconic peatlands

    £22 million this year towards meeting climate change targets.

  188. Climate campaign launches

    ‘Let’s do Net Zero’ calls for collective action to help hit net zero.

  189. Climate Change Plan: monitoring reports - 2021 compendium

    The first annual statutory monitoring report against the updated 2018 Climate Change Plan, as per the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  190. Climate change - adaptation programme: progress report 2021

    Second annual progress report on Climate Ready Scotland: Scotland's Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019 to 2024.

  191. Peatland restoration fund tackles global climate crisis

    Single year and multi-year projects now eligible to apply to a £22 million peatland restoration programme.

  192. Energy strategy: position statement

    The Energy Strategy position statement provides an overview of our key priorities for the short to medium-term in ensuring a green economic recovery, whilst remaining aligned to our net zero ambitions, in the lead up to COP26.

  193. FM: COP26 is our best chance to address climate change

    Scotland will lead by example with commitment to net-zero.

  194. Establishing a Scottish Nitrogen Balance Sheet: consultation analysis

    An analysis report summarising and describing the responses to the public consultation on establishing a Scottish Nitrogen Balance Sheet

  195. Driving progress to a net-zero future

    Hydrogen bus investment announced.

  196. New measures to accelerate greener, cheaper heating

    Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill passed.

  197. Reaching net zero

    Vision to transform heating in Scotland’s buildings published.

  198. Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2017

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  199. Budget to support net-zero transformation

    Record funding to deliver Scotland’s green recovery.

  200. Just Transition Commission call for evidence: analysis report

    Analysis of the responses to the Just Transition Commission's call for evidence.

  201. Increase to carrier bag charge

    Help combat plastic waste.

  202. Delivering Scotland’s green recovery

    More than £3.2 million to help communities drive climate action.

  203. Action to tackle climate change

    Measures to stop non-biodegradable waste heading to landfill.

  204. Improving sustainability through innovation

    Tackling climate change in farming and food production.

  205. Offshore wind to green hydrogen: opportunity assessment

    Initial assessment of Scotland’s opportunity to produce green hydrogen from offshore wind.

  206. Scottish hydrogen: assessment report

    Examines how applications of hydrogen-based technologies in transport, industry, heat and whole system approaches can best be deployed in Scotland.

  207. Scottish Government Hydrogen Policy Statement

    We set out our vision for Scotland to become a leading hydrogen nation in the production of reliable, competitive, sustainable hydrogen, securing Scotland’s future as a centre of international excellence as we establish the innovation, skills and and supply chain to underpin our energy transition.

  208. Deep decarbonisation pathways for Scottish industries: research report

    The following report is a research piece outlining the potential pathways for decarbonisation of Scottish Industries. Two main pathways are considered, hydrogen and electrification, with both resulting in similar costs and levels of carbon reduction.

  209. Climate Change Plan 2018-2032 - update: strategic environmental assessment - draft

    Draft strategic environmental assessment of the update to the Climate Change Plan 2018 to 2032. The appendices are available as a supporting file on this page.

  210. Annual energy statement: 2020

    This year’s energy statement highlights the key developments in the sector that have influenced the Scottish Government's ability to deliver the targets set out in the current Energy Strategy, published in December 2017.

  211. Securing a green recovery on a path to net zero: climate change plan 2018–2032 - update

    This update to Scotland's 2018-2032 Climate Change Plan sets out the Scottish Government's pathway to our new and ambitious targets set by the Climate Change Act 2019. It is a key strategic document on our green recovery from COVID-19.

  212. 30% of Scotland’s land to be protected for nature

    Next steps on tackling biodiversity loss published.

  213. Scottish biodiversity strategy post-2020: statement of intent

    Sets the direction for a new biodiversity strategy which will respond to the increased urgency for action to tackle the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change.

  214. UK Government urged to match climate ambition with action

    Climate Change Secretary sets out key asks ahead of Climate Ambition Summit.

  215. Helping industry cut emissions

    Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund opens.

  216. Contributing to the Paris Agreement

    Scotland to publish an indicative Nationally Determined Contribution ahead of Glasgow COP26.

  217. Farmer-led groups to tackle climate change

    More sustainable farming and food production.

  218. Combating biodiversity loss

    New Centre of Expertise in Biodiversity announced.

  219. Increased offshore wind ambition by 2030

    Supporting Scotland’s green recovery. 

  220. Tackling single-use plastic

    Consultation launched on banning common single-use plastic items.

  221. Scotland’s Green Recovery

    £3.5 million to help deliver climate-friendly projects.

  222. Driving international climate action

    Scotland assumes European role ahead of critical COP26 talks.

  223. Recycle Week 2020

    People encouraged to continue recycling to help the environment.

  224. Ending Scotland's throwaway culture

    Experts advise on replacing single-use items.

  225. Building resilience for island communities

    £2 million for locally-led green recovery.

  226. Scotland's Climate Assembly: operations and administration arrangements

    Details on the Assembly's independence and governance, resources, member recruitment, meetings, evidence base, engagement, principles and reporting arrangements.

  227. Scotland’s green recovery

    Funding for a just transition to net-zero.

  228. International declaration agreed

    Calls for global biodiversity action at all levels.

  229. Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2018

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  230. £62 million fund for energy sector

    Support package to help deliver net zero future.

  231. Climate Change Plan update

    Publication to be delayed due to coronavirus outbreak.

  232. Climate Change Bill - strategic environmental assessment: post adoption

    Ways in which the findings of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) environmental report and the views expressed by consultation respondents have been taken into account as the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill was finalised into the 2019 Act.

  233. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: full business case addendum

    Additional information for the full business case that underpins development of the deposit return scheme for Scotland.

  234. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: accompanying statement

    Accompanying statement for Deposit Return Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2020, prepared in accordance with Section 97 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

  235. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: strategic environmental assessment

    Expands on a previous strategic environmental assessment (SEA) published alongside the draft deposit return scheme for Scotland regulations and finalises the SEA.

  236. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: equality impact assessment

    Potential equality impacts for Scotland's deposit return scheme and proposed mitigation.

  237. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA), which is a development of the partial BRIA published in June 2018 and the full BRIA published in July 2019.

  238. COP26 update

    Need for partnership working.

  239. Protecting Scotland’s environment

    Environment strategy published.

  240. New beef sector climate group

    Moving to a low-carbon future.

  241. Scottish Budget 2020-21

    Tackling the climate emergency and protecting public services.

  242. Delivering a green budget

    Scottish Budget prioritising the climate emergency.

  243. The Big Climate Conversation

    Public share opinions on transitioning to net-zero.

  244. Climate Change Plan

    Working group to support ambitious new emissions targets.

  245. Tackling climate crisis through artificial intelligence

    Funding to support innovation.

  246. Offshore wind summit

    Steps to ensure contracts stay in Scotland.

  247. More people are environmentally conscious

    20 years of the Scottish Household Survey.

  248. Scotland’s recycling summit

    Talks to accelerate action on waste.

  249. Scotland's carbon footprint: 1998-2016

    Estimates of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis.

  250. Global pledge on climate crisis

    Transport charter signed at COP25 summit.

  251. Madrid COP25 climate summit

    Working together to tackle climate change.

  252. Scotland’s base for climate summit

    Glasgow Science Centre to host COP26 events.

  253. Sending computers to Africa

    Education initiatives benefit from used Scottish Government equipment.

  254. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target report: 2017

    This report, required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, provides detail on Scotland's annual climate change emissions reduction targets.

  255. Safeguarding environmental standards

    Advisory body plan for ‘no deal’ Brexit.

  256. Rates relief for retailers

    First Minister announces support for shops tackling throwaway culture.

  257. £27m funding for active travel

    First Minister – Scotland acting locally as we lead globally on climate change.

  258. Green investment programme opens

    Support for projects tackling climate emergency.

  259. Scotland's Climate Week 2019

    Taking action to become a net-zero society.

  260. Environmental principles and governance after Brexit: responses to consultation

    An analysis report on responses recieved as part of the Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Scoltand, which ran from the 16 February to 11 May 2019.

  261. Building a zero carbon future

    Climate change top of the agenda for new planning system.

  262. Scotland to become a net-zero society

    New legislation will demonstrate global leadership.

  263. Climate change adaptation

    Improving protection against climate extremes.

  264. Arctic Connections: Scotland's Arctic policy framework

    A prospectus for cooperation, knowledge-exchange and policy partnerships between Scotland and the Arctic.

  265. Climate Ready Scotland: climate change adaptation programme 2019-2024

    A five year programme to prepare Scotland for the challenges we will face as our climate continues to change.

  266. Committing to zero emissions

    Proposals put public sector at the forefront of climate change fight.

  267. The role of public sector bodies in tackling climate change: consultation

    We are seeking your views on the way that information and knowledge are shared between public sector bodies; whether public bodies should set targets for themselves to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions; and on proposed changes to the mandatory reporting duties.

  268. Cleaner Air for Scotland

    Independent review on air quality published.

  269. Scottish climate change adaptation programme 2019-2024: analysis of responses to consultation

    Stakeholders' responses to consultation draft on Scotland's second statutory five-year climate change adaptation programme. The programme is due to be launched in autumn 2019.

  270. Tackling climate change

    Additional £11 million for peatland restoration.

  271. The Big Climate Conversation

    Public engagement events to tackle climate emergency.

  272. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions 2017

    Estimates of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland for the years 1990 to 2017.

  273. Scottish climate change adaptation programme: progress report 2019

    Fifth annual progress report on the Climate Ready Scotland: Scottish climate change adaptation programme (SCCAP) 2014.

  274. Deposit Return Scheme

    Ambitious scheme design takes shape.

  275. Reaching net zero

    Call for immediate action on greenhouse gases.

  276. Climate Change action

    Scotland will go greener, faster with world-leading targets.

  277. Climate Change Act annual reports: 2016-2019

    Annual reports on the operation of section 72 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

  278. Climate Challenge Fund

    Embracing a carbon-neutral society

  279. Scottish climate change adaptation programme 2019-2024: strategic environmental assessment

    This SEA investigates the likely significant effects on the environment.

  280. Developing an environment strategy for Scotland: analysis of responses to online discussion

    Independent analysis of responses to our June to August 2018 online discussion that sought views to help inform the development of an Environment Strategy for Scotland.

  281. Scottish climate change adaptation programme 2019-2024: consultation draft

    We want to hear your views on Scotland's new five-year climate change adaptation programme to be launched in autumn 2019.

  282. Powering Past Coal Alliance

    Scottish Government joins clean power group.

  283. Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2015

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  284. Transitioning to carbon neutrality

    Remit and initial Commission members announced.

  285. Innovative solutions to protect environment

    New partnership and funding.

  286. UN climate change conference

    Funding for global climate action.

  287. Blue Carbon forum launched

    Exploring the marine environment’s capacity to solve carbon problem.

  288. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target report: 2016

    This report is required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. It provides detail on Scotland's annual climate change emissions reduction targets.

  289. Climate Change Plan: monitoring report 2018

    The first annual report monitoring progress towards Scotland's Climate Change Plan.

  290. Tackling climate change

    £600k fund for projects in Malawi and Zambia.

  291. Turning the tide on marine plastics

    Doubling of funding.

  292. Fighting coastline pollution

    £100,000 for beach clean-ups.

  293. Leading the way to a low-carbon future

    Just Transition Commission to advise on decarbonisation.

  294. Scottish household survey 2017: climate change topic report

    Key findings on climate change from the Scottish Household Survey 2017.

  295. Tackling climate change

    New fund to help communities in Malawi respond to effects of global warming.

  296. Strong progress on climate change

    Greenhouse gas emissions reduced by nearly half.

  297. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions 2016

    This publication provides estimates of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland for the years 1990 to 2016.

  298. Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  299. Scottish climate change adaptation programme: progress report 2018

    Fourth annual progress report on the Climate Ready Scotland: Scottish climate change adaptation programme.

  300. Commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

    New legislation set to be ‘toughest in the world’. 

  301. 2050 Climate Group Youth Summit

    Malawi partnership announced.

  302. Climate Challenge Fund

    More than 1,000 community projects have helped cut carbon emissions.

  303. Climate Change Plan: ministerial statement

    Parliamentary report on the Climate Change Plan by Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

  304. Climate Change Plan: third report on proposals and policies 2018-2032 (RPP3)

    This plan sets out the path to a low carbon economy while helping to deliver sustainable economic growth and secure the wider benefits to a greener, fairer and healthier Scotland in 2032.

  305. Climate change mitigation funding in draft budgets: 2013 to present

    Summaries of funding for climate change mitigation measures in draft Budgets since 2013 to 2014.

  306. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target report: 2015

    This is a report required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. It provides detail on the annual climate change emissions reduction targets.

  307. Climate change: legislation

    Information on the legislation made to date in relation to climate change in Scotland.

  308. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target report: 2014

    A report required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 providing detail on the annual climate change emissions reduction targets.

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