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Public Bodies Duties Climate Change Reports Published

The Public Bodies Duties Climate Change Reports submitted for the 2015/16 period are now available to view on the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) area of our website.

A total of 145 reports detailing the action public bodies are taking to tackle climate change were submitted, underlining the high level of support from public bodies for this new process.

Climate Change Reporting became mandatory for 150 public sector ‘major players’ in Scotland in 2016, following a successful trial year in 2015.

The SSN team at Keep Scotland Beautiful manage the climate change reporting process on behalf of the Scottish Government, which includes providing advice and support to public bodies to assist them in completing their reports. During November and December, the SSN team logged and responded to 89 requests for support and advice on the reporting process.

A Quality Assurance (QA) process on the reports has also now been completed by the SSN team, and any substantive data or information incongruences that would impact the overall analysis have been

clarified with the reporting organisation.

In Spring 2017, SSN will produce an Analysis Report presenting high-level analysis of the data and information reported by public sector bodies. The Report will also make recommendations based on the findings. A Functional Review, looking at the overall reporting process and making recommendations for improvement, will be published at the same time.

Final call for Individual Feedback

Individual feedback on the content of the climate change reports is available on request to all reporting bodies. If you have not already done so and would like the opportunity to receive more detailed feedback on the report please email ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org with ‘Request for Feedback’ in the subject line and you will be added to the list to receive feedback in March 2017 following the analysis of the reports.

Background
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 places duties on public bodies with respect to climate change. A Statutory Order under the Act, which came into force in November 2015, requires 150 public bodies to annually report on their compliance with the climate change duties. The Order sets out the list of public sector major players required to report against the duties including local authorities, further and higher education institutions, National Health Service bodies, regional transport partnerships, and a range of other non-departmental public bodies.

15 February 2017

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