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We are First Carbon Literate Organisation in Scotland

We achieved a Scottish first last week when we were presented with the Carbon Literate Organisation - Bronze Award from the Carbon Literacy Trust, in recognition of our work to promote Carbon Literacy amongst our staff.

The accreditation is a visible ‘badge’ that showcases our commitment to Carbon Literacy and maintaining a low carbon culture. Whilst 20 organisations across the UK have now received the award, we are the very first in Scotland.

The award acknowledges our ongoing efforts to reduce our internal carbon footprint and promote good environmental behaviours within the organisation through a range of initiatives including:

  • Engaging employees with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Corporate membership of the Next Bike bike-sharing scheme - allowing staff members free access to a carbon neutral means to travel to or from work
  • Encouraging carbon saving behaviour - turning off lights and computer monitors when not in use, utilising efficient printing methods and going paperless where possible
  • Raising awareness of sustainable food choices - including hosting our own One Planet Picnic and growing food
  • Establishing our “greening group” enabling employees to reduce the environmental impact of the organisation and to replicate this behaviour at home

Criteria for the award include the development of an in-house Carbon Literacy training and ensuring that the senior management staff leading the organisation are certified as Carbon Literate. Externally, our Carbon Literacy training programme has helped more than 200 people in Scotland qualify as Carbon Literate, becoming more aware of climate change and recognising the steps that they can take to reduce their carbon footprint at home and at work.


Catherine Gee, Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “It is fantastic to become the first Carbon Literate Organisation in Scotland. At Keep Scotland Beautiful we’re committed to becoming a beacon for sustainability. We look forward to supporting our employees in the future, working together to make sure that everyone is motivated and enabled to play their part in tackling climate change.”

Dave Coleman, Director of the Carbon Literacy Project, said: “We’re delighted to be able to present the first Carbon Literate Organisation award in Scotland to Keep Scotland Beautiful and congratulate them on their achievement. The award recognises the charity’s commitment to supporting their staff to become Carbon Literate, maintaining a low carbon culture in the organisation to reduce carbon emissions, and advocating and working to deliver reduced carbon emissions and a more sustainable economy, right across Scotland.”

To find out more about cutting carbon emissions and raising awareness of the carbon impacts of day-to-day activities, see our new Carbon Literacy Guide.

31 July 2018

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