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

Over the summer 2019, we have been listening to the people of Scotland through The Big Climate Conversation public workshop events to hear their concerns, priorities and ambition to tackle the global climate emergency. We have reached hundreds of people across Scotland who have participated in workshops so far and we will reach many more over the coming months.

These conversations have been a place where people can come to discuss their thoughts on climate change and what steps we need to take, together, to reach our net-zero targets. The feedback will be used to inform the revision of the Public Engagement Strategy and an update to our Climate Change Plan which will guide Scottish Government’s climate change policy over the next several years.

Our public workshops have now drawn to a close but you can still continue the conversation through our community conversation events or on Twitter using the hashtag #BigClimateConversation.

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

Community conversations

We are supporting communities to hold their own workshops and contribute to The Big Climate Conversation: see The Big Climate Conversation community pack

We are able to provide additional support to community groups who otherwise wouldn’t be able to cover the costs of hosting an event through The Big Climate Conversation Community Fund


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