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.

We created the Greener Scotland website to help people to understand these advances and 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 are supporting community groups to take action against climate change through the Climate Challenge 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.

The Low carbon behaviours framework: data for Scotland report provides data on the uptake of our 10 low carbon key behaviour areas, where individuals and households can help tackle climate change by changing everyday 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:

In 2016 we commissioned and published research such as Motivating low carbon behaviours - insights from the Scottish Government to help inform our social media campaigns.

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. For further information, please contact ccengagement@gov.scot.