Low carbon living

Meeting Scotland's climate change targets will require a truly national endeavour involving all sectors of society. We are developing low carbon infrastructure and technology across Scotland, but their impact will depend on the extent to which people adopt and use them.

The Big Climate Conversation

From July to the end of November of 2019, we engaged directly with the people of Scotland through the Big Climate Conversation to hear their concerns, priorities and ambition on how we respond to the global climate emergency.

Over 2500 people took part in the public element of the Big Climate Conversation, across ten facilitated open-audience workshops, five facilitated target-audience workshops, and 110 community-led conversation events. These community-led workshops were guided by the Big Climate Conversation community pack and some were supported through the Big Climate Conversation Community Fund.

The public element of the Big Climate Conversation has now concluded and the Big Climate Community Fund has closed. We welcome you to continue to download and use the ‘How-to Guide’ to lead your own discussions about climate. Feedback forms will still be analysed by officials on an ongoing basis to inform policy and engagement. We would like to thank all who took part for their valuable contributions.

The final report of findings from the Big Climate Conversation has now been published alongside a companion technical annex

The findings will be used to inform the revision of the Scottish Government’s Public Engagement Strategy on climate change and our update to the Climate Change Plan.  


We published the Low Carbon Scotland behaviours framework in 2013 to lay out what we would do to drive and support the move to low carbon living in the lead-up to the first key climate change target in 2020.

In 2018, in line with the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, we reviewed the Low Carbon Scotland behaviours framework, our current public engagement strategy.

We concluded that the public engagement strategy should be revised, with a view to publishing following the adoption of the Climate Change Bill. The strategy is currently being revised and will be published in Spring 2020.

Additional resources

We created the Greener Scotland website to help people to understand how to incorporate low carbon behaviours into their daily lives. It provides information and resources to help households to save energy, reduce waste, travel smarter and eat greener.

Greener Scotland works alongside our Greener Together social media campaigns, which encourage uptake of the 10 key climate change behaviours.

We created the Individual, Social and Material (ISM) tool in 2013 to help key policy areas, local authorities, environmental organisations and communities to develop initiatives for influencing low carbon behaviours. It enables us to measure progress by identifying relevant factors and looking at how they change over time.

We have produced:

We used the ISM tool as the basis for Shifting Normal, a guide to helping community groups to design and deliver successful projects for tackling climate change. We produced:

For further information, please contact climate.change@gov.scot