Public Bodies Duties Climate Change Reporting

Today, 30 November, is the deadline for 150 public bodies in Scotland to submit their annual climate change reports.

This is the first year that climate change reporting is mandatory for Scotland’s public sector ‘major players’, following a successful trial year in 2015.

Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) continues to play the lead role in supporting and monitoring this national process, working in close collaboration with our network partners: the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland, Resource Efficient Scotland and Adaptation Scotland.

In November 2015, a new Order came into force requiring annual climate change reports from 150 public bodies recognised by the Scottish Government as ‘major players’, detailing their compliance with the Public Bodies’ Duties set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

Prior to the introduction of mandatory reporting, 112 public bodies participated in a successful trial in 2015, designed to help public bodies produce reports using the new standardised reporting form.


Climate Change Reporting 2016 – Timeline

The 2016 climate change reports will be made publicly available on the SSN website following a Quality Assurance process, which will be carried out in December.

The Scottish Government will write to all major player leaders who completed the report to commend their contribution and thank the staff involved for the significant effort made in collating and producing the reports.

The analysis of the contents of the reports will be conducted in January and February 2017. After review, the final analysis report and functional review for 2015-16 reports will be published. SSN members can contribute feedback on the reporting process via an online survey, the link to which has been sent to reporting leads on receipt of their report.

SSN’s reporting team at Keep Scotland Beautiful will continue to support public bodies in the reporting process through delivering training and producing online resources. We will continue to work to align reporting with the wider climate change policy agenda which informs public sector climate action, as well as promoting the use of the ISM low carbon behaviours framework to inform public sector climate change policy and practice.


30 November 2016


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