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Shaping and influencing policy - July 2019

The second quarter of 2019 presented us with a number of significant and exciting opportunities to continue to build on our work to shape and influence legislation, policy and practice. Below are some highlights.

 

Strategic engagement and working collaboratively

We relaunched our successful My Beach, Your Beach campaign, which aims to raise awareness of pollution from dog fouling, litter and feeding gulls and its impacts on water quality. This project is supported by the Scottish Government, and carried out in partnership with SEPA, South Ayrshire Council, City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council and Fife Coast & Countryside Trust.

In April, two of Glasgow’s leading shopping centres, Glasgow Fort and Buchanan Galleries, have confirmed they are supporting our Cup Movement® in Glasgow - the first Scottish initiative to stop single-use cups going to landfill or ending up as litter.

In May we held a targeted Source to Sea week as part of our national Spring Clean campaign to raise awareness of the issue of marine litter and support our Upstream Battle campaign.

 

Developing and engaging with policy

Between April and June, we submitted four consultation responses. In April we responded to the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019-2014 and in May we responded to the UK consultation on introducing a DRS, Reforming the UK Packaging Producer Responsibility System, and the Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Scotland.

In May we welcomed the announcement made by the Scottish Government that amendments had been lodged to the Climate Change Bill to commit to net-zero emissions by 2045 and the announcement of the ambitions new Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland which addresses many of the points we made in our consultation response.

In response to the news in June that the Scotland had missed the Greenhouse Gas Emissions target for 2017 set by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act, we called for more action across Scotland. We supported the call made by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland for further action, especially needed in transport, how we heat our homes and how we grow our food.

 

Demonstrating expertise and credibility

In June the UK’s first Voluntary National Review was published, setting out progress made by government, business, civil society and the public across the UK in achieving the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals. We have been working as part of a group including the Scottish Government to develop the Scottish contribution to the report along with a separate Scottish review document since the end of last year and were delighted to see our work feature, with references made to Eco-School Scotland, Climate Ready Classrooms and our Cup Movement in Glasgow.

 

These opportunities allowed us to demonstrate our expertise in a wide range of areas including climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals and circular economy. In addition, it highlights our work around the Global Goals, particularly Goal 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production, Goal 13: Climate Action and Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals.

01 July 2019

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