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Climate change

  1. Public bodies’ emissions reduce

    £100 million to cut carbon footprint further.

  2. Renewed focus needed on climate emergency

    Energy security drive must align with climate goals

  3. Transforming derelict land

    Grants awarded from £50 million fund.

  4. Incineration review published

    Independent report recommends limit on future incineration capacity.

  5. Children and Young People's Voices Matter: progress report - March 2022

    Report on progress made on the actions agreed at the fifth annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 16 March 2021.

  6. Energy efficiency in existing non-domestic buildings regulation - call for evidence: response summary

    A summary of the responses received to the call for evidence on regulation of energy efficiency and zero emissions heat in existing non-domestic buildings.

  7. Climate change affecting Scotland’s lochs and reservoirs

    New research shows water is warming rapidly.

  8. Scottish Natural Capital Accounts 2022

    This report estimates quantity and value of services supplied by Scotland's natural capital.

  9. Supporting unions with just transition

    Funding will support worker engagement.

  10. Potential heat network zones: first national assessment

    Analysis to identify and characterise potential zones for heat networks in Scotland. It provides further detail on the analysis criteria, assessment methodology, limitations, definitions and the interpretation of the outputs.

  11. Town centre action plan review: joint Scottish Government and COSLA response

    Joint response from SG and COSLA to the New Future for Scotland's Town Centres report. Sets out some of the ways in which we can all seek to do our part, locally and nationally, in rebuilding, reenergising and reimagining our towns to meet our place and country ambitions.

  12. £5 million to develop carbon dioxide utilisation technology

    CO2 Utilisation Challenge Fund launched.

  13. Single-use food containers and other single-use items: call for evidence

    This call for evidence will help inform policy development on how to reduce consumption of single-use food containers and other single-use items which will in turn help the move to a more circular economy.

  14. Scotland's Vision for Trade: annual report - March 2022

    Our first annual report on Scotland's Vision for Trade, outlining the range of specific actions that we have taken over the past year and our continued ambition to make trade-related decisions based on the principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, net zero and good governance.

  15. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  16. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation analysis

    The key findings from a qualitative analysis of consultation responses that were submitted about the draft heat networks delivery plan.

  17. Heat networks delivery plan

    Sets out how provisions of the Heat Networks Scotland Act 2021 and wider policy will contribute to increasing heat networks in Scotland.

  18. Electricity Act 1989 - application fees: consultation

    This consultation document sets out proposals for changes to fees to be charged for applications submitted under sections 36, 36C and 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 and invites views on the proposed changes.

  19. Environment strategy for Scotland: progress report

    The first annual report to Parliament on progress in developing the Environment Strategy for Scotland, as required under the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021.

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

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

  21. Action on packaging

    Producers will pay for the environmental costs of packaging.

  22. Green Freeports prospectus published

    Applicants must meet fair work and net zero ambitions.

  23. Scotland's Open Government action plan: 2021 to 2025

    Scotland’s third national action plan as a member of the Open Government Partnership.

  24. Scotland's Carbon Footprint 1998-2018

    Estimates of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions on a consumption basis for the period 1999 to 2018.

  25. Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2018

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  26. Good Food Nation - programme of measures: interim update 2022

    A report on the progress made on Scotland's Good Food Nation ambitions.

  27. Home Energy Efficiency Equity Loan pilot: homeowner feedback survey - analysis of responses

    Impartial analysis of the independent survey of homeowners who participated in the pilot. The analysis covers the impact that the measures implemented had on wellbeing and energy bills, the carbon reductions achieved and homeowner experience of the Equity Loan process and offer. Read the call for evidence: https://www.gov.scot/publications/equity-loan-scheme-call-evidence/pages/1/

  28. Home Energy Efficiency Equity Loan pilot - call for evidence on potential national rollout: analysis of responses

    Independent analysis of the responses to the call for evidence on the potential to develop an Equity Loan Scheme as part of the suite of support schemes for the decarbonisation of Scottish homes. Read the call for evidence: https://www.gov.scot/publications/equity-loan-scheme-call-evidence/pages/1/

  29. Heat in buildings strategy: easy read

    This is the easy read version of the Heat in Buildings Strategy summary document.

  30. Upskilling to address climate change

    Fund opens to applications.

  31. 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.

  32. Sectoral marine plan - offshore wind for innovation and targeted oil and gas decarbonisation: initial plan framework

    The Initial Plan Framework (IPF) outlines the process for development of the Sectoral Marine Plan for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) Decarbonisation. The IPF also sets out the areas that will be used for future seabed leasing.

  33. £300m boost for climate friendly heating

    Transforming Scotland’s heating systems.

  34. Scottish Household Survey – 2020 telephone survey

    Experimental Statistics: Data being developed.

  35. Funding for sustainable islands

    Additional funding allocated to local island projects.

  36. Slashing carbon emissions across Scotland

    £8.7 million for green infrastructure projects.

  37. Scottish Cluster support

    Investment in carbon capture project announced.

  38. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilot programme: synthesis evaluation

    This report presents findings from a synthesis evaluation of Scotland’s Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilot programme, which involved pilot projects delivered by all 32 Scottish local authorities.

  39. Wild Salmon Strategy Launch

    Move to bring salmon population back from crisis point.

  40. Promoting low carbon farming and protecting the environment

    Agri-Environment Climate Change Scheme awards.

  41. Sharing knowledge and innovation to tackle climate change

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

  42. Big ambitions for Wee Forests

    Connecting people and nature.

  43. Tackling fuel poverty in Scotland: a strategic approach

    The fuel poverty strategy sets out policies and proposals for national government, local authorities and third sector partners to help meet the targets set out in the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act 2019.

  44. Climate Justice Fund evaluation: summary report

    Summary report of the independent evaluation of the Climate Justice Fund’s work to date. The summary is supported by translations into local languages of Zambian, Malawian and Kinyarwandan.

  45. Climate Justice Fund evaluation: final report

    Full report of the independent evaluation of the Climate Justice Fund's work to date, drawing on the experiences of those who have implemented or been directly supported by the Fund.

  46. Role of incineration in the waste hierarchy - review: call for evidence

    The call for evidence seeks your views and evidence relating to the review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy.

  47. Soil organic carbon sequestration: scoping study

    A report evaluating the ability of existing datasets to answer questions regarding the status of organic carbon in Scottish soils.

  48. Citizens steer net zero journey

    Response to Climate Assembly recommendations published.

  49. Scotland's Climate Assembly - recommendations for action: SG response

    Scotland's Climate Assembly published their full report on 23 June 2021. It included 81 recommendations for the Scottish Government, who had six months to respond. This response sets out the existing and proposed actions that government will take in order to address their recommendations.

  50. Ensuring a fair journey to net zero

    Experts appointed to support Just Transition mission.

  51. 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.

  52. Scotland’s deposit return scheme

    Recycling scheme will go live in 2023.

  53. Creating a cleaner Scotland

    Views sought on new litter and fly-tipping strategy.

  54. National litter and flytipping consultation: fairer Scotland duty assessment

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment (FSDA) for the proposed actions for the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

  55. National litter and flytipping consultation: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the proposed actions for the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

  56. National litter and flytipping: consultation

    This consultation proposes potential actions to tackle litter and flytipping in Scotland. Responses to this consultation will inform the development of the final National Litter and Flytipping Strategy which will be published in early 2022.

  57. National litter and flytipping consultation: strategic environmental assessment

    Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the proposed actions for the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

  58. National litter and flytipping consultation: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the proposed actions for the National and Litter Flytipping Strategy.

  59. National litter and flytipping consultation: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Partial business and regulatory assessment (BRIA) for the proposed actions for the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

  60. Supporting a greener Scotland

    Record funding to deliver a just transition to net zero.

  61. Scottish Budget 2022 to 2023: carbon assessment

    Estimate of the consumption-based carbon emissions associated with planned budget expenditure.

  62. Investing in Scotland's Future: resource spending review framework

    This framework document launches the Scottish Government's resource spending review process. It sets the scene for the development of multi-year resource spending plans and opens our public consultation.

  63. Committing to a greener, fairer future

    New measures announced for a just transition to Net Zero.

  64. Energy efficiency - regulation in existing non-domestic buildings: call for evidence

    We are seeking evidence relating to the regulation of heat and associated emissions in non-domestic buildings.

  65. Heat Pump Sector Deal Expert Advisory Group: final report

    The Expert Advisory Group was formed to make recommendations to Scottish Ministers on the scope of a potential Heat Pump Sector Deal for Scotland. This final report includes the Group's recommendations and conclusions from their work.

  66. Showcasing agricultural climate action

    Peer to peer network to launch.

  67. Heat in buildings - National Public Energy Agency: consultation - call for evidence 2021/2022

    We are committed to establishing a new National Public Energy Agency by 2025 to provide leadership and coordination of heat decarbonisation delivery in Scotland. This call for evidence is the first step in a process of collaboration and co-development of the new body (closes 8 February 2022).

  68. Heat in buildings strategy: equality impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full Equality impact assessment (EQIA) which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings strategy.

  69. Towards a circular economy

    Taking action to reduce waste and its impact.

  70. Guiding principles on the environment: draft statutory guidance

    Draft statutory guidance on the guiding principles on the environment and the duties set out in Part 2 of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021.

  71. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation

    This draft heat network delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland. It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks sector in Scotland.

  72. First Minister comments on Glasgow Climate Pact

    COP26 summit concludes.

  73. River basin management plans - silage, slurry and liquid digestate – storage and application: consultation analysis

    Analysis of a consultation on the storage and application of silage, slurry and liquid digestate held from 12 January 2021 to 13 April 2021.

  74. Reducing agricultural emissions

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

  75. Network of sharing libraries and repair cafes

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

  76. Supporting women in climate action and conflict resolution

    Funding for new fellowship programme.

  77. Action on single-use plastic

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

  78. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: islands communities impact assessment - final

    Islands communities impact assessment considering whether the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 have an effect on island communities significantly different to other communities in Scotland.

  79. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: business and regulatory impact assessment - final

    Final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) for the introduction of market restrictions on problematic single-use plastic items as identified in Article 5 of the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive (EU SUPD).

  80. Single-Use Plastics Regulations: draft guidance

    Draft guidance for the implementation of the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations). A final version will be produced before the Regulations come into force on 1 June 2022.

  81. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: equality impact assessment - final

    We published a partial equality impact assessment during the public consultation on the introduction of market restrictions on problematic single-use items in Scotland, which took place between 12/10/202 and 04/01/2021. This EQIA expands that work with additional research, data, and evidence.

  82. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: fairer Scotland duty impact assessment summary

    Summary of the Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment work carried out, in line with Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010, as part of the work to produce the Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

  83. Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: strategic environmental assessment - post adoption statement

    A report on how we have taken environmental considerations, the Environmental Report and consultation findings into account when finalising the The Environmental Protection (Single-use Plastic Products) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

  84. Protecting the rights of young people

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

  85. Supporting impact - Scottish Crown Estate net revenue: local authority use and insights

    Net Revenues from the Scottish Crown Estate have been distributed to coastal Local Authorities for the benefit of coastal communities since 2019. This study was commissioned as part of the review process for the first two rounds of distribution of Scottish Crown Estate net revenues.

  86. Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge

    International collaborations to support our seas and oceans.

  87. Heat in buildings strategy: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) accompanies our Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  88. Heat in buildings strategy: fairer Scotland duty

    Summary document of the Fairer Scotland Duty assessment process which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  89. Heat in buildings strategy: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  90. Heat in buildings strategy: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full child rights and wellbeing impact assessment which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  91. Scotland to boost climate funding

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

  92. Planning to reach net zero

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

  93. Response to COP26 draft agreement

    First Minister urges leaders to go further.

  94. NHS Scotland climate emergency and sustainability strategy 2022 to 2026 - draft: consultation

    The Scottish Government and NHS Assure have developed a draft Climate Emergency and Sustainability Strategy 2022 to 2026 for NHS Scotland. The consultation period has been extended until 10 March 2022. Comments should be returned on the template in the supporting documents by email.

  95. Celebrating Gender Day at COP26

    Pledge on climate change and inequalities.

  96. Climate justice essential at COP26

    First Minister says Global South voices must be heard.

  97. Empowering communities on climate action

    Towns chosen to help drive just transition to net zero.

  98. First Minister rallies delegates to climate challenge

    Under2 Coalition members to sign Net Zero pledge.

  99. Expanded funding to restore and protect nature

    £55 million for nature restoration and biodiversity projects.

  100. First Minister meets global environmental experts at COP26

    New report advises Scottish Government on environment priorities.

  101. Free bus travel for under 22s

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

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

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

  103. First Minister meets young activists during COP26

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

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

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

  105. Public sector leadership on the global climate emergency: guidance

    Guidance to Scotland’s public bodies on their leadership role in the shared national endeavour to tackle the global crises of health, climate emergency and biodiversity loss.

  106. Ramping up renewables generation

    Plans to increase onshore wind capacity published ahead of COP26.

  107. Onshore wind - policy statement refresh 2021: consultative draft

    Seeks views on our ambition to secure an additional 8-12 GW of installed onshore wind capacity by 2030, how to tackle the barriers to deployment, and how to secure maximum economic benefit from these developments.

  108. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions - proposals and policies: report

    Report prepared under section 36 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, setting out proposals and policies to compensate in future years for the excess emissions resulting from the missed 2019 emissions reduction target.

  109. Renewable heat target and action: 2021 update

    An update on the progress toward meeting the target of 11% of non-electrical heat demand from renewable sources by 2020.

  110. Creating a fairer, greener nation

    Rural funding scheme extended.

  111. Unlimited recovery of hydrocarbons not sustainable

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

  112. Glasgow must bridge climate divide

    First Minister to set out ambition for COP26.

  113. Scotland to push for success at COP26

    Ministers to drive global climate action with distinctive Scottish programme.

  114. Letters sent to legal sector ahead of COP26

    Contact underlines close engagement between Scottish Government and legal bodies.

  115. Events line-up to enrich climate conference

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

  116. Involving young people in COP26

    Opportunities to meet world leaders and climate activists.

  117. Fossil fuel energy sector overseas - trade promotion support: policy

    Information about the Scottish Government policy on trade promotion support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas.

  118. Creating resilient and sustainable islands

    Funding allocated to local island projects.

  119. FM calls for global climate action at TED

    Smaller countries’ actions crucial to tackling climate emergency.

  120. COP26 Climate Change Conference 2021: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service preparedness

    This report considers the appropriateness of steps taken by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in preparing for the forthcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26).

  121. Fast-tracking net zero infrastructure

    Green growth pathfinder projects announced.

  122. Making our homes cleaner and greener

    Scotland’s heat in buildings strategy published.

  123. Heat in Buildings Strategy - achieving net zero emissions in Scotland's buildings

    Sets out our vision for the future of heat in buildings, and the actions we are taking in the buildings sector to deliver our climate change commitments, maximise economic opportunities, and ensure a just transition, including helping address fuel poverty.

  124. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy pilots: phase 3 - evaluation

    Evaluation of the third, and final, phase of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilots, which involved nine local authorities and took place between November 2019 and April 2021.

  125. Decarbonising heating - economic impact: report

    This report considers the potential economic impacts arising from a shift towards low carbon heating technologies in Scotland, over the period to 2030.

  126. Energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks - skills requirements: consultation analysis

    Independent analysis of responses to the consultation on Scottish skills requirements for energy efficiency, zero emissions and low carbon heating systems, microgeneration and heat networks for homes. This consultation ran from 5 February 2021 to 30 April 2021.

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

    First Minister marks completion of Queen Street Station redevelopment

  128. Becoming a Fair Work nation: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on achieving this vision and ensuring Fair Work remains at the heart of our labour market interventions, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and EU Exit, by identifying the relevant challenges and opportunities for Fair Work across the Scottish economy.

  129. Global climate justice

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

  130. Climate justice

    Doubling climate fund to help world’s most vulnerable nations

  131. Conserving wild salmon

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

  132. Climate change - Net Zero Nation: public engagement strategy

    Sets out our overarching framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero nation which is prepared for the effects of our changing climate.

  133. Making Just Transition a defining mission

    New Commission to be established to support net zero transformation.

  134. COP26 youth conference

    Scotland to host United Nations Conference of Youth.

  135. Building a COP26 legacy

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

  136. COP26

    Communities across Scotland to take part in climate action.

  137. A Fairer, Greener Scotland

    Programme for Government 2021-22.

  138. Just Transition - A Fairer, Greener Scotland: Scottish Government response

    The Scottish Government's initial response to the final report of the Just Transition Commission. It sets out our long-term vision for just transition and provides details on our National Just Transition Planning Framework.

  139. Zero Carbon Islands

    Islands contributing to net zero commitment.

  140. Land use strategy 2016-2021: second annual progress report

    Second annual progress report on the land use strategy, as required under Section 37A of The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019. It covers the period of March 2020 to March 2021.

  141. New Ministers to be appointed

    Scottish Greens to enter government.

  142. Agreement reached with Scottish Green Party

    Cooperation confirmed.

  143. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 implementation: report to the Scottish Parliament - 2020

    Report detailing progress of the work carried out in 2020 through the implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

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

    ­Letter urges PM to reassess oil and gas licencing plans. 

  145. Investing in net-zero technology

    £16.5 million to support energy transformation.

  146. Equity loan scheme - call for evidence: consultation

    The equity loan pilot has delivered energy efficient and zero emission heating solutions to eligible homeowners since its inception in 2017. We now wish to consider the potential to develop the pilot as part of the suite of support schemes for the decarbonisation of Scottish homes.

  147. Climate change - Net Zero Nation - draft public engagement strategy: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the responses to the public consultation on the climate change - Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy, which sets out our framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero nation which is prepared for the effects of our changing climate.

  148. Building regulations - overheating risk in new homes: research report

    Research into overheating risk in new homes. Produced in support of proposed improvements to energy standards for new buildings within Scottish building regulations in 2021.

  149. Building regulations - energy standards and associated topics - proposed changes: consultation

    Consultation on proposed changes to energy standards within Scottish building regulations, including related topics such as ventilation, overheating and electric vehicle charging provision.

  150. Scotland's contribution to the Paris Agreement: indicative Nationally Determined Contribution

    Scotland’s contribution to the Paris Agreement – an indicative Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

  151. 100 Days until COP26

    Scotland makes international pledge to help deliver the Paris Agreement 

  152. Increased funding to tackle fuel poverty and climate change

    £64 million for local heat and energy efficiency projects

  153. 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.

  154. 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.

  155. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 - Towards a Better Place for Everyone

    A new air quality strategy to replace Cleaner Air for Scotland - The Road to a Healthier Future, setting out the Scottish Government's air quality policy framework for the next five years and a series of actions to deliver further air quality improvements.

  156. Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: delivery plan

    A plan setting out timelines, milestones and responsible organisations for delivering the actions in Cleaner Air for Scotland 2: towards a better place for everyone.

  157. Young Scots have their say on COP26

    Applications for new youth climate programme opened.

  158. Supporting climate justice across the globe

    Funding for international projects ahead of COP26.

  159. 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.

  160. 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.

  161. 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.

  162. Accelerating green growth

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

  163. Strengthening links with Europe

    £3 million research fund announced.

  164. Funding to restore Scotland’s iconic peatlands

    £22 million this year towards meeting climate change targets.

  165. Climate campaign launches

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

  166. 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.

  167. Climate change - adaptation programme: progress report 2021

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

  168. Peatland restoration fund tackles global climate crisis

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

  169. 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.

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

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

  171. 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

  172. Driving progress to a net-zero future

    Hydrogen bus investment announced.

  173. New measures to accelerate greener, cheaper heating

    Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill passed.

  174. Reaching net zero

    Vision to transform heating in Scotland’s buildings published.

  175. Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2017

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  176. Budget to support net-zero transformation

    Record funding to deliver Scotland’s green recovery.

  177. Just Transition Commission call for evidence: analysis report

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

  178. Increase to carrier bag charge

    Help combat plastic waste.

  179. Delivering Scotland’s green recovery

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

  180. Action to tackle climate change

    Measures to stop non-biodegradable waste heading to landfill.

  181. Improving sustainability through innovation

    Tackling climate change in farming and food production.

  182. Offshore wind to green hydrogen: opportunity assessment

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

  183. 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.

  184. 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.

  185. 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.

  186. 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.

  187. 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.

  188. 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.

  189. 30% of Scotland’s land to be protected for nature

    Next steps on tackling biodiversity loss published.

  190. 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.

  191. UK Government urged to match climate ambition with action

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

  192. Helping industry cut emissions

    Scottish Industrial Energy Transformation Fund opens.

  193. Contributing to the Paris Agreement

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

  194. Farmer-led groups to tackle climate change

    More sustainable farming and food production.

  195. Combating biodiversity loss

    New Centre of Expertise in Biodiversity announced.

  196. Increased offshore wind ambition by 2030

    Supporting Scotland’s green recovery. 

  197. Tackling single-use plastic

    Consultation launched on banning common single-use plastic items.

  198. Scotland’s Green Recovery

    £3.5 million to help deliver climate-friendly projects.

  199. Driving international climate action

    Scotland assumes European role ahead of critical COP26 talks.

  200. Recycle Week 2020

    People encouraged to continue recycling to help the environment.

  201. Ending Scotland's throwaway culture

    Experts advise on replacing single-use items.

  202. Building resilience for island communities

    £2 million for locally-led green recovery.

  203. 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.

  204. Scotland’s green recovery

    Funding for a just transition to net-zero.

  205. International declaration agreed

    Calls for global biodiversity action at all levels.

  206. Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2018

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  207. £62 million fund for energy sector

    Support package to help deliver net zero future.

  208. Climate Change Plan update

    Publication to be delayed due to coronavirus outbreak.

  209. 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.

  210. 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.

  211. 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.

  212. 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.

  213. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: equality impact assessment

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

  214. 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.

  215. COP26 update

    Need for partnership working.

  216. Protecting Scotland’s environment

    Environment strategy published.

  217. New beef sector climate group

    Moving to a low-carbon future.

  218. Scottish Budget 2020-21

    Tackling the climate emergency and protecting public services.

  219. Delivering a green budget

    Scottish Budget prioritising the climate emergency.

  220. The Big Climate Conversation

    Public share opinions on transitioning to net-zero.

  221. Climate Change Plan

    Working group to support ambitious new emissions targets.

  222. Tackling climate crisis through artificial intelligence

    Funding to support innovation.

  223. Offshore wind summit

    Steps to ensure contracts stay in Scotland.

  224. More people are environmentally conscious

    20 years of the Scottish Household Survey.

  225. Scotland’s recycling summit

    Talks to accelerate action on waste.

  226. Scotland's carbon footprint: 1998-2016

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

  227. Global pledge on climate crisis

    Transport charter signed at COP25 summit.

  228. Madrid COP25 climate summit

    Working together to tackle climate change.

  229. Scotland’s base for climate summit

    Glasgow Science Centre to host COP26 events.

  230. Sending computers to Africa

    Education initiatives benefit from used Scottish Government equipment.

  231. 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.

  232. Safeguarding environmental standards

    Advisory body plan for ‘no deal’ Brexit.

  233. Rates relief for retailers

    First Minister announces support for shops tackling throwaway culture.

  234. £27m funding for active travel

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

  235. Green investment programme opens

    Support for projects tackling climate emergency.

  236. Scotland's Climate Week 2019

    Taking action to become a net-zero society.

  237. 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.

  238. Building a zero carbon future

    Climate change top of the agenda for new planning system.

  239. Scotland to become a net-zero society

    New legislation will demonstrate global leadership.

  240. Climate change adaptation

    Improving protection against climate extremes.

  241. Arctic Connections: Scotland's Arctic policy framework

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

  242. 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.

  243. Committing to zero emissions

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

  244. 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.

  245. Cleaner Air for Scotland

    Independent review on air quality published.

  246. 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.

  247. Tackling climate change

    Additional £11 million for peatland restoration.

  248. The Big Climate Conversation

    Public engagement events to tackle climate emergency.

  249. Scottish greenhouse gas emissions 2017

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

  250. Scottish climate change adaptation programme: progress report 2019

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

  251. Deposit Return Scheme

    Ambitious scheme design takes shape.

  252. Reaching net zero

    Call for immediate action on greenhouse gases.

  253. Climate Change action

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

  254. Climate Change Act annual reports: 2016-2019

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

  255. Climate Challenge Fund

    Embracing a carbon-neutral society

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

    This SEA investigates the likely significant effects on the environment.

  257. 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.

  258. 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.

  259. Powering Past Coal Alliance

    Scottish Government joins clean power group.

  260. Scotland’s Carbon Footprint: 1998-2015

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  261. Transitioning to carbon neutrality

    Remit and initial Commission members announced.

  262. Innovative solutions to protect environment

    New partnership and funding.

  263. UN climate change conference

    Funding for global climate action.

  264. Blue Carbon forum launched

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

  265. 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.

  266. Climate Change Plan: monitoring report 2018

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

  267. Tackling climate change

    £600k fund for projects in Malawi and Zambia.

  268. Turning the tide on marine plastics

    Doubling of funding.

  269. Fighting coastline pollution

    £100,000 for beach clean-ups.

  270. Leading the way to a low-carbon future

    Just Transition Commission to advise on decarbonisation.

  271. Scottish household survey 2017: climate change topic report

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

  272. Tackling climate change

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

  273. Strong progress on climate change

    Greenhouse gas emissions reduced by nearly half.

  274. Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  275. Scottish climate change adaptation programme: progress report 2018

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

  276. Commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

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

  277. 2050 Climate Group Youth Summit

    Malawi partnership announced.

  278. Climate Challenge Fund

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

  279. Climate Change Plan: ministerial statement

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

  280. 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.

  281. 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.

  282. 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.

  283. Climate change: legislation

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

  284. 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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