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.

Annex C – Progress Against Previous Strategy

We published our previous public engagement strategy, Low Carbon Scotland: A Behaviours Framework, in March 2013. The framework includes a suite of indicators by which we can track our progress against its intended aims. We have used the most recent statistics to assess our performance against these indicators in the table below.

Low Carbon Scotland: A Behaviours Framework – Progress Made
Indicator Figure (Year) Performance Direction Data Source
Percentage of people agreeing that climate change is an immediate and urgent problem 68% (2019) ▲ Performance Improving Increase of 22 percentage points since 2013. Scottish Household Survey (2019)
Percentage of people agreeing that they understand what actions they should take to help tackle climate change 74% (2018) = Performance Maintaining Increase of 1 percentage point since 2015 (Those who strongly agree have increased by 8 percentage points) Scottish Household Survey (2018)
Food – % of people who consume 5 portions or more of fruit and vegetables per day* 21% (2019) = Performance Maintaining Increase of 1 percentage point since 2013 Scottish Health Survey (2019)
Transport – % of journeys made to work by public or active transport 27% (2019) ▼ Performance Worsening Decrease of 3 percentage points since 2013 Transport Scotland (2019)
Consumption – household waste generated 2.42 million tonnes (2019) = Performance Maintaining Increase of 9,084 tonnes (0.4%) since 2013 Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (2019)
Energy – % of households who monitor energy use (very or fairly closely) 58% (2018) = Performance Maintaining Increase of 2 percentage points since 2013 Scottish House Condition Survey (2018)

As part of our 2013 strategy, we also launched a new tool designed to deliver improved outcomes for policy makers and practitioners whose work aims at engaging people and influencing their behaviours. The ISM Tool takes insights from across the main behavioural science disciplines and turns them into a practical tool to be used through the policy process. ISM should be particularly helpful when facing policy problems where significant levels of social change are required.

ISM is based on ‘moving beyond the individual’ to consider all of the contexts that shape people’s behaviours – the Individual, the Social, and the Material. By understanding these different contexts and the multiple factors within them that influence the way people act every day, more effective policies and interventions can be developed to influence behaviour.

We have learned through delivery of the strategy that while ISM is useful for engaging with policy-makers and identifying barriers, it has been less effective in helping to develop actions or policy options and needs to be embedded into the policymaking process. We are committed to further embedding the ISM tool in the policymaking process and ensuring that behavioural science is considered throughout.



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