Low carbon living

Meeting Scotland’s world-leading climate targets will require a truly national endeavour. Moving toward a net zero society will require all aspects of Scottish society to embrace significant changes in order for us to meet our ambitious targets.

Public engagement strategy

In December 2020, we published Net Zero Nation: A Draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change for public consultation. The draft strategy marks a new chapter in our people-centred approach to climate change policy. It outlines our framework for engaging the public and communities on climate change, ensuring a green recovery from COVID-19.

Delivery of the draft strategy will require collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders from all sectors and regions. We encourage those partners with an interest to submit their views through the consultation process so we can develop and implement our new approach collaboratively. The consultation is open until 31 March 2021.

For further information on our public consultation on the Draft Public Engagement Strategy please email pesconsultation@gov.scot

Climate week

Climate Week aims to raise awareness of climate change and to encourage people to consider the actions required from all sectors of society in order to achieve a net zero society. It has grown in scale since its inception in 2016 in a way that reflects an increasing interest among the Scottish people to engage and make meaningful change. Organisations from every sector of society come together to showcase the actions they're taking to combat the global climate emergency and promote cross-sectoral collaboration.

Scotland’s Climate Week 2020 proved successful as a large number of businesses, schools and universities took part alongside the public sector to celebrate climate action and help drive awareness of climate change. We are grateful to everyone for their efforts to support Climate Week 2020 helping to raise awareness about climate change across multiple sectors of Scottish society as we recover from COVID-19.

For further information on our policies please email climate.change@gov.scot


During Climate Week 2020, we launched our new website. We are continuing to build the information on Net Zero Nation as it develops through phase 2. When complete in the spring, it will help educate the public on how they can play their part in the global climate emergency.     

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

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:


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.