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

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed The Big Climate Conversation that will run nationwide to discuss action to tackle the global climate emergency, will take place in Scotland this summer.

It will involve engaging with the public to discuss Scotland’s collective response to the global climate emergency.

As part of a wider conversation series, we will be hosting a number of free public engagement events across Scotland 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 first six engagement events have been scheduled in:

  • Glasgow: 16 July at 17:30 to 19:30
  • Stirling: 24 July at 13:00 to 15:00
  • Aberdeen: 31 July at 17:30 to 19:30
  • Portree: 6 August at 17:30 to 19:30
  • Fort William: 7 August at 17:30 to 19:30
  • Orkney: 14 August at 17:30 to 19:30

Register on the Eventbrite website to book your place

Read a news release about The Big Climate Conversation

Background

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