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Shaping and influencing policy

The last three months of 2018 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. Here are some highlights.

 

Policy engagement and working collaboratively

We joined the newly established working group set up by Scotland’s SDG Network to develop Scotland’s contribution to the United Kingdom’s 2019 Voluntary National Review on progress in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We held a Carbon Literacy for Interested Organisations course, the first of its kind in Scotland. The course was attended by delegates from across the private, public and third sector and aimed to support organisations to take the steps necessary to drastically reduce carbon emissions.

We announced a partnership with community retailer Scotmid Co-operative who have unveiled their first reverse vending machine to encourage customers to recycle soft drink cans and plastic bottles.

 

Credibility and demonstrating expertise

In December, we were delighted to become the first organisation in the UK to be certified as a Carbon Literacy Training Organisation (CLTO). We remain the only Scottish organisation certified as a CLTO, recognising us as the go-to for Scottish organisations seeking to establish a low carbon culture.

Between October and December we published eight blogs on topics including single-use plastics, tips to recuse your carbon footprint and a summary of our activities to support the Year of Young People.

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

24 January 2019

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