Low carbon living

Meeting Scotland's climate change targets will require transformation across 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

Since July 2019, we have been listening to 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 2,500 people took part in the public element of the Big Climate Conversation, across ten open public workshops, a series of focus groups, through The Big Climate Conversation community pack and The Big Climate Conversation Community Fund and online.

The public element of the Big Climate Conversation has now concluded and The Big Climate Community Fund has closed. We would like to thank all who took part for their valuable contributions. 

Our open workshops were held from Orkney to Dumfries, with 8 of the ten events selling out and a total of 555 individuals attended the events.  A digital workshop supplemented these workshops ran via Twitter on 22 August.  We held five focus groups targeted at those who identified as unengaged in the topic of Climate Change. Our final focus group was held on the 13 November.

Launched on the 7 August The Big Climate Conversation community pack and The Big Climate Conversation Community Fund helped support 126 community events across Scotland. Over 70 of which were supported through the fund. The fund closed 31 October having provided over £18,000 across 26 Scottish local authorities, successfully engaging around 2,000 people in community events.  Our pack will remain available to download for those interested in holding further workshops. 

Officials are currently undertaking analysis of the significant feedback from across all these discussions, with the aim to publish a final report on the entire public strand of the Big Climate Conversation early in 2020.

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.  

Climate change competition for schools

Launched during Climate Week 2019, we are inviting all school pupils in Scotland to enter our two competitions - a photo competition for primary school pupils and a writing competition for secondary school pupils


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. Feedback from The Big Climate Conversation will be used to inform the revision so we encourage all members of the public to participate.

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