Climate change - Net Zero Nation: public engagement strategy

Sets out our overarching framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero nation which is prepared for the effects of our changing climate.


1 ‘Net zero’ is a situation in which the amount of greenhouse gases put into the atmosphere balances out with the amount removed, leaving a net result of zero emissions.

2 Analysis of Responses to Consultation: Net Zero Nation – Draft Public Engagement Strategy for Climate Change (2021)

3 Transport Scotland (2020) COVID-19 Analysis

4 NatureScot (2020) Enjoying the outdoors: Monitoring the impact of Coronavirus and social distancing

5 Wrap (2020) Citizen insights – Clothing behaviours during Covid-19 restrictions

6 Wrap (2020) Citizens and food during lockdown

7 Scottish Government (2020) Economic Recovery Implementation Plan: Scottish Government response to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

8 Climate Change Committee (2019) Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming

9 De Laigue, L. (2021) Lifestyle change and system change are two sides of the same coin

10 Scottish Household Survey 2019 Annual Report

11 See Annex B for a report of progress against key indicators.

12 The ISM Tool was created by the Scottish Government in 2013. It is a tool that encourages users to engage with the individual, social and material contexts which influence individual and societal behaviours. See more:

13 The Scottish Government Participation Framework

14 Information on Scotland’s National Performance Framework and how Scotland is performing against it is available at:

15 Scottish Government (2020) The Big Climate Conversation: Report of Findings



18 Climate Outreach (2019) Mainstreaming low-carbon lifestyles

19 Mulholland, C. Pollok, M. Townend, R. Black, C. Gray, E. Ipsos MORI. (2020) Understanding and engaging the public on climate change. ClimateXChange

20 Corner A, Clarke J. (2017) Talking climate: from research to practice in public engagement. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

21 Just Transition Commission (2020) Interim Report

22 IAP2 (2018) Spectrum of Public Participation

23 Further information about Adaptation Scotland is available at

24 Adaptation Capability Framework


26 Survey conducted by Censuswide in June 2019 with representative sample of 2000 adults (aged 16+) in UK, commissioned by Triodos Bank

27 BBC Newsround survey with 2000 children (aged 8-16) published March 2020



30 More information on the Scottish Government’s approach to climate conversations is available at:

31 Scottish Household Survey 2019 Annual Report




35 Climate Emergency Response Group (2020) Interim Progress Report

36 Scottish Government (2019) Climate Ready Scotland: climate change adaptation programme 2019-2024

37 Lexico (no date) ‘Climate Emergency’

38 U.S. Global Change Research Program (2007) Climate Literacy: the Essential Principles of Climate Science

39 The Royal Society (2014) The Basics of Climate Change

40 Ritchie, H. and Roser, M. (2020) Greenhouse Gas Emissions

41 OECD (no date) Focus on Green Recovery

42 OECD (no date) Open Government

43 More information on the Open Government Partnership is available at

44 Gurria, A. (2019) The Economy of Well-Being



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