Publication - Consultation paper

The role of public sector bodies in tackling climate change: consultation

Published: 11 Sep 2019

We are seeking your views on the way that information and knowledge are shared between public sector bodies; whether public bodies should set targets for themselves to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions; and on proposed changes to the mandatory reporting duties.

Published:
11 Sep 2019
The role of public sector bodies in tackling climate change: consultation

At the heart of our action on climate change is the wellbeing of Scotland’s people and places. Tackling climate change and ensuring we have a thriving and healthy environment is critical to our collective wellbeing, and central to the ambitions and responsibilities set out in Scotland’s National Performance Framework.

Public Sector Bodies are legally required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support Scotland’s adaptation to a changing climate . Scottish Ministers, in turn, are legally required to provide guidance to Public Sector Bodies to help them with this . The first part of this consultation is about how information is provided and shared and how Public Sector Bodies collaborate with each other and the rest of Scotland. Views are sought on the training and guidance available to public sector leaders and proposals for a High Ambition Climate Network of Public Sector Bodies.

Public Sector Bodies are also legally required to report annually on their greenhouse gas emissions and what they are doing to help adapt to a changing climate . The second part of this consultation is about improving the reporting arrangements to simultaneously reduce the administrative burden on Public Sector Bodies and drive action. Views are sought on whether Public Sector Bodies should set targets for themselves to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions and on other changes to the reporting duties.